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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary (United States)

For Software Quality Assurance Leads, yearly average wages total $80K annually. Total cash earnings of Software Quality Assurance Leads range from $54K on the low end to $115K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $20K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Software Quality Assurance Leads claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Software Quality Assurance Leads who responded to the questionnaire — 65 percent to be exact. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary (?
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$53,066 - $107,451
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MEDIAN: $80,178
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$19.93 - $61.14
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,066 - $107,451  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,286  
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $19,727  
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$53,579 - $115,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,025
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$19.93 - $61.14  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.70  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,286  
   
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $19,727  
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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$53,579 - $115,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary transition into upper-level roles like Software Quality Assurance Manager. Median pay for a Software Quality Assurance Manager is $101K per year. The most common next step for a Software Quality Assurance Lead is to become a Software Quality Assurance Manager or a IT Quality Assurance Manager. The former position pays an additional $5K per year on average, and the latter position pays $11K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead

Software Quality Assurance Leads seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, Java, e-Commerce, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Visual Basic. 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.
For many Software Quality Assurance Leads, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $64K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $81K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Software Quality Assurance Leads make a median salary of $90K. 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

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National Average
$82,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Software Quality Assurance Leads, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Software Quality Assurance Leads can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+19 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), New York (+12 percent), and San Jose (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas. Minneapolis and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salaries

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$82,000

Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salaries

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e-Commerce
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Leadership
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 209 votes.

Gender

Female
35%
female alumni
 
Male
65%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
44%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 12%