Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Salary

Pay for Software Quality Assurance Leads in the United States sits in the ballpark of $82K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $16K, respectively — total cash payment to Software Quality Assurance Leads can bottom out near $55K or peak near $117K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the individual firm. The majority of Software Quality Assurance Leads (66 percent) survey respondents are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,184 - $109,420
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$55K
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MEDIAN: $82,091
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$19.87 - $60.93
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,184 - $109,420  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,370  
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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$54,856 - $116,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,062
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.87 - $60.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $62.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,370  
   
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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$54,856 - $116,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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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. 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


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


Survey results imply that Software Quality Assurance Leads deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, e-Commerce, Java, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Office. Leadership and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median 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 $100K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Software Quality Assurance Leads in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Software Quality Assurance Leads will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+21 percent), Portland (+18 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and New York (+11 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and Minneapolis (13 percent lower and 8 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


e-Commerce
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Java
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Linux
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UNIX
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Test Planning
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Leadership
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Software Test
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National Average
$84,000

Project Management
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Oracle
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SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 182 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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