Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary

Median pay for Software Quality Assurance Leads in the United States is around $82K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $11K and $13K, respectively — total cash payment to Software Quality Assurance Leads can bottom out near $55K or peak near $117K depending on individual performance. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the specific company are driving factors as well. More than half of Software Quality Assurance Leads (66 percent) survey respondents are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Software Quality Assurance Leads like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,615 - $109,615
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$56K
$82K
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MEDIAN: $82,129
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$19.83 - $60.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,615 - $109,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,869  
Profit Sharing
$482.88 - $12,928  
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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$55,165 - $117,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,060
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.83 - $60.96  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $62.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,869  
   
Profit Sharing
$482.88 - $12,928  
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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$55,165 - $117,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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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Software Quality Assurance Leads often transition into Software Quality Assurance Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Software Quality Assurance Managers earn $102K per year. Software Quality Assurance Managers or IT Quality Assurance Managers are common next-step roles for Software Quality Assurance Leads moving up in their careers; annual pay for Software Quality Assurance Managers is $3K higher on average, and it's $10K higher for IT Quality Assurance Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead


With a median salary of $72K, InfoSys Limited provides Software Quality Assurance Leads with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $82K, limiting employee salary growth.

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, System Testing, Java, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Software Quality Assurance Leads with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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 $83K. Software Quality Assurance Leads who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $91K. Software Quality Assurance Leads who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $100K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Software Quality Assurance Leads will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 36 percent. Software Quality Assurance Leads can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+20 percent), Portland (+18 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 13 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Dallas (10 percent lower and 7 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



Java
up arrow 4%

Linux
up arrow 3%

UNIX
up arrow 3%

Test Planning
up arrow 2%

Leadership
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Software Test
up arrow 1%

National Average
$84,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Oracle
up arrow 2%

SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 181 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

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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