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

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Leads in the United States usually make around $81,769 per year. The range in pay spans from $52,001 to $113,175 per year. Total cash income, which bottoms out near $51,394 and peaks near $105,383, incorporates potential for more than $10,289 from bonuses and close to $19,392 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and more than half collecting vision insurance. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Leads who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary (?
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$51,394 - $105,383
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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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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 (?
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$52,001 - $113,175  
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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  
PayScale
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.

Common Career Paths for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead

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Compensation usually increases greatly for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Leads who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Manager may make an additional $19,573 per year than lower-end positions. Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Leads most often move into positions as Computer Software QA Managers or IT QA Managers, where they can expect an extra $5,274 or $10,990 per year.

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Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Leads report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, Leadership, Test Planning, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Visual Basic (VB). Those with knowledge of Leadership tend to be skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control as well.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Leads, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. Though starting salaries approximate $63K, they climb to $81K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $90K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Leads encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $100K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 0 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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San Francisco
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Portland
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Charlotte
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San Jose
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Alpharetta
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Chicago
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Seattle
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Houston
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Atlanta
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National Average
$82,000
Los Angeles
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Minneapolis
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For Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Leads, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Also paying near the top of the field are San Francisco, Portland, Charlotte, and San Jose, where Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Leads annually earn 21 percent, 18 percent, 16 percent, and 13 percent more than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Minneapolis (-3 percent and -2 percent, respectively).

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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
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Java
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Software Test
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UNIX
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Project Management
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Oracle
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$82,000
SQL
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 225 votes.

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%
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