Software Quality Assurance Leads in the United States can expect wages of $82K annually on average. Overall incomes of Software Quality Assurance Leads generally bottom out at around $56K and peak near $121K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $13K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career length and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of Software Quality Assurance Leads claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Software Quality Assurance Leads (69 percent) who took the survey are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$57,630 - $112,314
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$58K
$82K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,361
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$19.25 - $60.48
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,630 - $112,314  
   
Bonus
$996 - $12,544  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $12,299  
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$55,822 - $120,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 626
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$19.25 - $60.48  
   
Overtime
$29.23 - $79.28  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$996 - $12,544  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $12,299  
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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$55,822 - $120,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Software Quality Assurance Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $103K per year. The most common next step for a Software Quality Assurance Lead is to become a Software Quality Assurance Manager or an IT Quality Assurance Manager. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


Pay for Software Quality Assurance Leads is the lowest at InfoSys Limited, which has a median salary of $72K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $82K.

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 Selenium Automated Test Tool, System Testing, Test Automation, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft SQL Server, Project Management, and SQL. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $84K. Software Quality Assurance Leads bring in $94K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $103K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,961

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

With a pay rate for Software Quality Assurance Leads that is 20 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Software Quality Assurance Leads can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+19 percent), New York (+15 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Lincoln, which sits 29 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Portland (15 percent lower and 4 percent lower, 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



Test Automation
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Leadership
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$84,000

Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
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Java
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Test Planning
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Software Test
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Microsoft Office
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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