Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary

The average Software Quality Assurance Lead in the United States earns approximately $83K per year. Total cash compensation to Software Quality Assurance Leads varies from $55K to $120K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K each. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Most Software Quality Assurance Leads report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men account for the majority of Software Quality Assurance Leads who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$56,185 - $112,490
(Median)
$56K
$83K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,699
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$20.06 - $61.03
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MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,185 - $112,490  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,350  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $12,584  
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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$55,104 - $120,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.06 - $61.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $67.47  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,350  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $12,584  
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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$55,104 - $120,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


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Software Quality Assurance Leads often transition into Software Quality Assurance Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Software Quality Assurance Managers earn $103K per year. The most common next step for a Software Quality Assurance Lead is to become a Software Quality Assurance Manager or an IT Quality Assurance Manager. The former position pays an additional $3K per year on average, and the latter position pays $9K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


InfoSys Limited offers the least pay with a median salary of $72K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $82K.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, System Testing, Java, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are similarly competent in Test Planning, Leadership, and Test Automation.

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

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Software Quality Assurance Leads. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $66K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $83K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $93K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $101K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,978

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Software Quality Assurance Leads will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Software Quality Assurance Leads will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+21 percent), Portland (+16 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). Dallas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (11 percent lower) and Minneapolis (6 percent lower).

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Reviews

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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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salaries



National Average
$85,000



Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salaries


Java
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System Testing
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Linux
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Leadership
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Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
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Test Planning
0%

Oracle
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National Average
$85,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Software Test
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SQL
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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