Earnings for Entry-Level Software Quality Assurance Lead Testers come in at around $56K per year on average. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male Entry-Level Software Quality Assurance Lead Testers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (67 percent) are men. Most Entry-Level Software Quality Assurance Lead Testers report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,305 - $75,059
(Median)
$40K
$56K
$75K
MEDIAN: $55,985
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$13.41 - $39.15
(Median)
$13
$22
$39
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$40,305 - $75,059  
   
Bonus
$888 - $7,409  
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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$35,996 - $77,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.41 - $39.15  
   
Overtime
$22.67 - $38.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$888 - $7,409  
   
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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$35,996 - $77,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Tester Salaries

SQL
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Test Planning
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National Average
$55,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Regression Testing
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Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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