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

A Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Tester earns an average salary of $70,847 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Test Automation, UNIX, e-Commerce, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server.
Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Tester Salary (?
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$43,614 - $100,680
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MEDIAN: $70,846
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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Tester Salary (?
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$13.37 - $61.06
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,614 - $100,680  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,887  
Profit Sharing
$776 - $24,832  
Total Pay (?
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$40,717 - $115,700  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 360
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.37 - $61.06  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $75.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,887  
   
Profit Sharing
$776 - $24,832  
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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$40,717 - $115,700  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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Job Description for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Tester

Developing software programs often requires millions of lines of coding, and testing and quality assurance are essential. A software quality assurance (SQA) lead tester ensures that the software functions as intended before it is released to the enterprise or retail sales markets.
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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Tester Tasks
  • Contribute to planning software development process to produce high quality products.
  • Create and implement tests, test cases, and design specifications.
  • Shape and grow a team of testers.
  • Analyze test results and communicate with other teams to resolve software defects.

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Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Seattle
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$72,000
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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Tester Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%
National Average
$72,000

Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Tester Salaries

Test Automation
up arrow 21%
UNIX
up arrow 15%
e-Commerce
up arrow 13%
Oracle
up arrow 12%
Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 10%
Java
up arrow 9%
Linux
up arrow 7%
SQL
up arrow 6%
National Average
$72,000
Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 10%
System Testing
up arrow 11%

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Gender

Female
36%
female alumni
 
Male
64%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 12%
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