Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary

An average Software Quality Assurance Lead in the United States can expect to take home roughly $83K annually. Total cash compensation for Software Quality Assurance Leads runs from $54K to $120K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. For the most part, Software Quality Assurance Leads enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$57,183 - $111,614
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MEDIAN: $82,960
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$17.64 - $61.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,183 - $111,614  
   
Bonus
$958 - $12,214  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $9,983  
Total Pay (?
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$54,198 - $119,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 579
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$17.64 - $61.26  
   
Overtime
$26.82 - $80.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$958 - $12,214  
   
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $9,983  
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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$54,198 - $119,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 52

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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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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 $103K per year. It is quite typical for Software Quality Assurance Leads to transition into roles as Software Quality Assurance Managers or IT Quality Assurance Managers, where reported median earnings are $4K and $10K higher per year.

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


Salaries are easily beat at InfoSys Limited, where median pay comes to just $72K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $63K and ending at $82K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


Survey results imply that Software Quality Assurance Leads deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Selenium Automated Test Tool, System Testing, Test Automation, and Web Software Quality Assurance (QA) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Project Management, Microsoft SQL Server, and Java. The majority of those who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Software Test and 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $64K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $85K. Software Quality Assurance Leads with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $95K. Software Quality Assurance Leads who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,467

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

Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Software Quality Assurance Leads, 21 percent above the national average. Software Quality Assurance Leads can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+18 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), New York (+14 percent), and San Francisco (+12 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Software Quality Assurance Leads in Lincoln earning a whopping 30 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Portland (14 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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 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
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salaries

▲20%

▲12%

▲1%

National Average
$84,000

▼24%

Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salaries




National Average
$84,000



▼2%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
▼3%


Internet Information Server (IIS)
▼4%

SQL
▼5%


▼5%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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