Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary

For Software Quality Assurance Leads, annual average wages total $83K per year. The range in cash compensation to Software Quality Assurance Leads ($55K to $120K) includes potential earnings of $12K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career duration and the specific company. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Software Quality Assurance Leads like their work and job satisfaction is high. More than half of Software Quality Assurance Leads (67 percent) survey respondents are men. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$56,185 - $112,490
(Median)
$56K
$83K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,699
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$20.06 - $61.03
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$20
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MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,185 - $112,490  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,350  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $12,584  
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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$55,104 - $120,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.06 - $61.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $67.47  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,350  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $12,584  
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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$55,104 - $120,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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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Many Software Quality Assurance Leads move into a Software Quality Assurance Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $103K per year. When Software Quality Assurance Leads are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Software Quality Assurance Managers or IT Quality Assurance Managers. Those roles pay an additional $3K and $9K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


Software Quality Assurance Leads will find the worst pay at InfoSys Limited, where the median salary crawls in at $72K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $82K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, System Testing, Java, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Office. For most people, competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control indicates knowledge of Test Planning, Leadership, and Test Automation.

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

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


For many Software Quality Assurance Leads, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $66K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $83K. Software Quality Assurance Leads bring in $93K 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 $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,978

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

San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Software Quality Assurance Leads, 40 percent higher than the national average. Software Quality Assurance Leads will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+21 percent), Portland (+16 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Los Angeles and Minneapolis (11 percent lower and 6 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
$85,000



Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salaries


Java
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System Testing
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Linux
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Leadership
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Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
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Test Planning
0%

Oracle
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National Average
$85,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Software Test
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 2%

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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