Software Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States take home an average $75K annually. Total cash compensation for Software Quality Assurance Engineers runs from $47K to $108K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. While career duration and the particular employer impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Male Software Quality Assurance Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most Software Quality Assurance Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,807 - $103,432
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$49K
$75K
$100K
MEDIAN: $74,898
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$17.49 - $49.92
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$17
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,807 - $103,432  
   
Bonus
$967 - $11,659  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
Total Pay (?
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$46,857 - $107,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 337
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.49 - $49.92  
   
Overtime
$21.59 - $73.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$967 - $11,659  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$46,857 - $107,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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Job Description for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer

Software quality assurance (SQA) engineers are in charge of controlling standards in the software developing process. They carefully plan product specifications and features, and they ensure applications are tested and ship without bugs or technical glitches. Among their main responsibilities, SQA engineers manage software performance and stress-test code to improve reliability. They keep logs of every trial instance for future team reference. Further, they track fixes and adjust development cycle time frame.

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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Tasks

  • Document, track, and resolve software bugs or defects with help from the programming team.
  • Design benchmarks, test cases, and testing framework.
  • Develop manual and program automated test software using diverse tools and source documentation.
  • Participate in product design reviews and modify requirements.

Common Career Paths for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


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Software Quality Assurance Engineers may progress into high-paying roles like Software Quality Assurance Manager, where median compensation is $103K annually. Software Quality Assurance Engineers most often move into positions as Quality Assurance Engineers or Test Automation Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $8K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Software Quality Assurance Engineers flock to Cisco Systems Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $124K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Survey takers working as Software Quality Assurance Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Linux, Java, C, and Python are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Access, SQL, and C#. For most people, competency in Java indicates knowledge of SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Software Quality Assurance Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $68K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $81K. Software Quality Assurance Engineers bring in $87K after working for 10 to 20 years. Professionals with deep experience (more than 20 years) report prosperous salaries in six-figure territory; the median for this crowd is approximately $113K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,150

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Software Quality Assurance Engineers will find that Cupertino offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 45 percent. Software Quality Assurance Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+17 percent), Austin (+12 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Irvine and Pittsburgh (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

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C
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Test Automation
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Python
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Test Planning
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Software Test
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Selenium Automated Test Tool
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$75,000

Microsoft Word
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C++
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C# Programming Language
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Oracle
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C#
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SQL
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Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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