Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary

Earnings for Software Quality Assurance Leads in the United States come in at around $81K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for Software Quality Assurance Leads stretch from $52K on the lower end to $120K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by years of experience and the specific company. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Software Quality Assurance Leads who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 67 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,425 - $110,828
$55K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,147
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$17.23 - $61.63
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MEDIAN: $33.49
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$0$120K
Salary $55,425 - $110,828
Bonus $811 - $12,280
Profit Sharing $494.93 - $9,955
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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$52,348 - $120,351
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 444
Hourly Data $0$79
Hourly Rate $17.23 - $61.63
Overtime $27.22 - $80.00
Annual Data $0$120K
Bonus $811 - $12,280
Profit Sharing $494.93 - $9,955
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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$52,348 - $120,351
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 48

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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

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

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 $103K per year. Career advancement for the typical Software Quality Assurance Lead often leads to becoming a Software Quality Assurance Manager or an IT Quality Assurance Manager; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


Employees at InfoSys Limited take home the smallest paychecks, and $72K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $63K and quickly nearing the top at only $82K.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


Software Quality Assurance Leads report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Black Box Testing, Selenium Automated Test Tool, Test Automation, and System Testing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management. For most people, competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control indicates knowledge of Software Test and Leadership.

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

Pay by Experience for a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 158 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 245 salaries. An experienced Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 233 salaries. A Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 36 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $82,003

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

Home to some of the best pay for Software Quality Assurance Leads, Atlanta offers exceptional salaries, 23 percent above the national average. Software Quality Assurance Leads will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+22 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Washington (+17 percent). Software Quality Assurance Leads in Lincoln make 26 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead?

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead in Kearney:
Pros: Fun Client, Problem Solving.
Cons: Hurrying up and waiting, protecting below average employees.

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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Key Stats for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salaries

▲23%

▲16%

▲5%

National Average
$82,000

▼21%

Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salaries







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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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National Average
$82,000

SQL
▼1%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 11%
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