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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary

For Software Quality Assurance Leads, annual average wages total $82K per year. In the world of Software Quality Assurance Leads, total cash compensation can vary between $54K and $116K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $16K, respectively. While experience level and the individual firm impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Software Quality Assurance Leads is high. Software Quality Assurance Leads who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 65 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$54,863 - $108,910
(Median)
$55K
$82K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,669
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$19.84 - $61.11
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MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,863 - $108,910  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,305  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $16,250  
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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$54,459 - $116,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,065
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.84 - $61.11  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,305  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $16,250  
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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$54,459 - $116,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
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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 $102K 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.

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $63K to just $82K — but InfoSys Limited offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $72K.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


Software Quality Assurance Leads seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, e-Commerce, Java, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Office. Competency in Leadership frequently indicates knowledge of Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $65K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $82K. For Software Quality Assurance Leads, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $91K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $99K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Software Quality Assurance Leads that is 37 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Software Quality Assurance Leads will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+21 percent), Portland (+17 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Los Angeles and 6 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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


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e-Commerce
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Test Planning
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Leadership
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Software Test
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$84,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 192 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 12%
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