Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Specialist Salary

For Software Quality Assurance Specialists, yearly average wages total $69K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Male Software Quality Assurance Specialists are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 60 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction for Software Quality Assurance Specialists is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,250 - $93,221
$43K
$69K
$93K
MEDIAN: $68,913
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$43,250 - $93,221  
   
Bonus
$964 - $6,483  
Profit Sharing
$1,011  
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$37,364 - $94,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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Job Description for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Specialist

Software quality assurance (SQA) specialists are in charge of overseeing the software quality control processes in their organization. They are responsible for conducting quality testing sessions to identify possible technical problems, eliminating software quality issues before shipping, and creating specialized reports regarding software bugs. They identify possible performance- and memory-related issues inside the software code, observe code discrepancies, and recommend changes to the software package. Generally, these professionals report their progress to the software lead in their department.

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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Specialist Tasks

  • Maintain and update test databases and documentation.
  • Communicate test results to implementation and development teams.
  • Write, modify, and execute test scripts.

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Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Specialist


Software Quality Assurance Specialists report a narrow range of specific skills. Functional Analysis and Software Test are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 19 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Software Test are, more often than not, also skilled in Functional Analysis.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,860

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Software Quality Assurance Specialists, 22 percent above the national average. With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Key Stats for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Specialist

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
13%
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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Specialist Salaries

▲22%

▲14%

National Average
$67,000

▼24%

Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Specialist Salaries



National Average
$67,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 12%