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

A Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead earns an average salary of $79,320 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. A skill in Test Automation is associated with high pay for this job.
Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary (?
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$51,394 - $105,383
(Median)
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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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MEDIAN: $41.00
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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.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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San Francisco
up arrow 21%
Portland
up arrow 18%
Charlotte
up arrow 16%
San Jose
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Alpharetta
up arrow 9%
Chicago
up arrow 6%
Seattle
up arrow 5%
Houston
up arrow 2%
Atlanta
up arrow 1%
National Average
$82,000
Los Angeles
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Minneapolis
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Denver
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Dallas
up arrow 7%
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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
up arrow 4%
Java
up arrow 3%
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%
Software Test
up arrow 2%
UNIX
up arrow 1%
Project Management
0%
Oracle
0%
National Average
$82,000
SQL
up arrow 1%
Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 2%
Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 3%
Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 4%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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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%