Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary

Software Quality Assurance Leads in the United States take home an average $82K per year. With some bonuses approaching $11K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $13K, overall incomes of Software Quality Assurance Leads spread between $55K and $117K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Software Quality Assurance Leads are male. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$55,909 - $109,749

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$19.83 - $60.96

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,909 - $109,749  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,850  
Profit Sharing
$480.47 - $12,612  
Total Pay (?
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$55,367 - $117,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,068
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Hourly Rate
$19.83 - $60.96  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $62.19  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,850  
   
Profit Sharing
$480.47 - $12,612  
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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$55,367 - $117,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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 who move on to become Software Quality Assurance Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Software Quality Assurance Managers get paid an average of $102K per year. Software Quality Assurance Managers or IT Quality Assurance Managers are common next-step roles for Software Quality Assurance Leads moving up in their careers; annual pay for Software Quality Assurance Managers is $3K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for IT Quality Assurance Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


InfoSys Limited doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $72K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $82K and scope of pay is rather limited.

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, System Testing, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Office. Those with knowledge of Leadership tend to be skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control as well.

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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $65K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $83K. Software Quality Assurance Leads see a median salary of $91K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $100K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Software Quality Assurance Leads, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above the national average. Software Quality Assurance Leads will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+19 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Charlotte (+3 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Los Angeles and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 10 percent less, 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


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System Testing
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UNIX
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Test Planning
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Leadership
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Linux
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Software Test
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$84,000

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 12%
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