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

For Software Quality Assurance Leads, yearly wages usually total $79K annually. Total cash compensation to Software Quality Assurance Leads bottoms out near $52K and approaches $113K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $19K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and most earn dental coverage. More than half of Software Quality Assurance Leads (65 percent) are men. For the most part, Software Quality Assurance Leads enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary (?
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$51,394 - $105,383
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MEDIAN: $79,320
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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary (?
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$19.54 - $60.39
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,394 - $105,383  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,289  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $19,392  
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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$52,001 - $113,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,032
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.54 - $60.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,289  
   
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $19,392  
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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$52,001 - $113,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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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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More often than not, Software Quality Assurance Leads take top-notch roles like Software Quality Assurance Manager. Pay for that position is typically $101K annually. Typical career progression for a Software Quality Assurance Lead involves becoming a Software Quality Assurance Manager or a IT Quality Assurance Manager, roles that pay $5K more and $11K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead

Survey takers working as Software Quality Assurance Leads report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, Leadership, Test Planning, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Visual Basic. Competency in Leadership frequently indicates knowledge of Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $63K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $81K. Software Quality Assurance Leads bring in $90K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $96K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up over a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 0 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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San Francisco
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Portland
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Charlotte
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San Jose
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Alpharetta
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Chicago
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Seattle
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Houston
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National Average
$82,000
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Minneapolis
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Software Quality Assurance Leads will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. San Francisco, Portland, Charlotte, and San Jose are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Software Quality Assurance Leads earning around 21 percent, 18 percent, 16 percent, and 13 percent more than average. In Dallas, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (3 percent less) and Minneapolis (2 percent less).

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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salaries

National Average
$82,000

Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salaries

Test Planning
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Java
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Software Test
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UNIX
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Project Management
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Oracle
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$82,000
SQL
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 225 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
43%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 13%