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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary

Software Quality Assurance Leads in the United States can expect wages of $81K annually on average. Cash earnings for Software Quality Assurance Leads — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $13K from profit sharing — stretch from around $54K to approximately $116K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Male Software Quality Assurance Leads who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (64 percent) are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$54,291 - $108,995
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$54K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,459
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$20.25 - $61.40
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MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,291 - $108,995  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,354  
Profit Sharing
$242.40 - $12,988  
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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$54,248 - $116,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,058
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.25 - $61.40  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $62.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,354  
   
Profit Sharing
$242.40 - $12,988  
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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$54,248 - $116,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143

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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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Advancing into a Software Quality Assurance Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Software Quality Assurance Leads, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $102K per year. Software Quality Assurance Leads typically move into roles as Software Quality Assurance Managers or IT Quality Assurance Managers, and those positions pay $4K more and $10K more, respectively.

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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, e-Commerce, Java, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft SQL Server. Quality Assurance / Quality Control is a skill commonly found among those who know Leadership.

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

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


Software Quality Assurance Leads generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $64K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $82K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Software Quality Assurance Leads make a median salary of $91K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $98K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Software Quality Assurance Leads, 37 percent above the national average. Software Quality Assurance Leads can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+22 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), Portland (+14 percent), and New York (+11 percent). In Los Angeles, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Columbus (7 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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
$84,000



Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salaries


e-Commerce
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Test Planning
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Leadership
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UNIX
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Software Test
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Linux
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National Average
$84,000

Project Management
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Oracle
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SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 12%