Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary

The average Software Quality Assurance Lead in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $82K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $13K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Software Quality Assurance Leads can bottom out near $55K or peak near $121K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Software Quality Assurance Leads who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 67 percent. Job satisfaction for Software Quality Assurance Leads is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$56,354 - $111,775
$56K
$82K
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MEDIAN: $82,235
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$17.30 - $60.03
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,354 - $111,775  
   
Bonus
$997 - $13,293  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $9,933  
Total Pay (?
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$54,628 - $120,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 490
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$17.30 - $60.03  
   
Overtime
$28.12 - $80.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$997 - $13,293  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $9,933  
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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$54,628 - $120,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49

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Job Description for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead

Software quality assurance (SQA) leads play a critical role in every software-producing company. SQA leads are expected to test and maintain software products before they are released for mass production or to the public. They coordinate a team of QA staff and create a plan to identify, analyze and document defects, functions, errors, and more in software. SQA leads work with their team members brainstorm and write test cases, create and execute automatic test scripts, and review computer logs or reports to identify errors. Depending on the lead, they may also be expected to contribute beyond testing or quality control.

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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Tasks

  • Lead quality assurance process from test design to final reports.
  • Communicate test results and ongoing needs to management.
  • Maintain and deploy patches, fixes, and new software.
  • Guide and participate in bug testing, identification, and problem solving.

Common Career Paths for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


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Software Quality Assurance Leads might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Software Quality Assurance Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $103K per year. Software Quality Assurance Leads typically move into roles as Software Quality Assurance Managers or IT Quality Assurance Managers, and those positions pay $5K more and $11K more, respectively.

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


Employees at InfoSys Limited take home the smallest paychecks, and $72K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $63K and quickly nearing the top at only $82K.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


Software Quality Assurance Leads seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Black Box Testing, Selenium Automated Test Tool, Test Automation, and System Testing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Those proficient in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are, more often than not, also skilled in Software Test and Leadership.

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

Pay by Experience for a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 158 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 245 salaries. An experienced Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 233 salaries. A Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 36 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,556

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For Software Quality Assurance Leads, busy Atlanta offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Software Quality Assurance Leads will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+20 percent), San Diego (+19 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Washington (+15 percent). Software Quality Assurance Leads' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Software Quality Assurance Leads in Lincoln bring in salaries that are 28 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Austin and 2 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead?

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead in Ann Arbor:
"Variety."
Pros: Working as a lead means my day is constantly changing. I have meetings about projects, about the staff, and about the company.
Cons: Occasionally, there are long hours and as the Lead, I'm expected to deliver.

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Key Stats for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salaries

▲21%

▲14%

▲3%

National Average
$84,000

▼23%

Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salaries





National Average
$84,000



▼2%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
▼2%

▼2%



SQL
▼3%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
▼3%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 9%
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