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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary

Software Quality Assurance Leads in the United States can expect to earn an average of $82K per year. Overall cash earnings for Software Quality Assurance Leads stretch from $54K on the lower end to $116K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $16K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Software Quality Assurance Leads (65 percent) who took the survey are men. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$54,552 - $108,881
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MEDIAN: $81,550
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$19.89 - $61.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,552 - $108,881  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,308  
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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$54,262 - $116,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,063
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.89 - $61.05  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.67  
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 - $10,308  
   
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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$54,262 - $116,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146

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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 who move on to become Software Quality Assurance Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Software Quality Assurance Managers get paid an average of $102K per year. Software Quality Assurance Leads moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Software Quality Assurance Managers or IT Quality Assurance Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $4K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Job Listings

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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


Software Quality Assurance Leads report using a deep pool 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft SQL Server. Leadership and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are also commonly seen together.

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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $64K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $82K. For Software Quality Assurance Leads, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $91K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $99K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Software Quality Assurance Leads in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. 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). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Los Angeles 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


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e-Commerce
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Leadership
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Software Test
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National Average
$84,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 194 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: 66% employee benefits None: 12%
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