Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) Salary

The average Senior Software Quality Assurance Analyst in the United States earns approximately $80K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most claim medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision coverage. Male Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (62 percent) are men. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$58,200 - $98,720
$58K
$80K
$99K
MEDIAN: $80,406
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50%
90%

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$25.50 - $59.78
$26
$41
$60
MEDIAN: $40.84
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$0$103K
Salary $58,200 - $98,720
Bonus $1,021 - $10,207
Profit Sharing $2,000
Total Pay (?
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$59,387 - $103,143
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 289
Hourly Data $0$59
Hourly Rate $25.50 - $59.78
Overtime $31.06
Annual Data $0$103K
Bonus $1,021 - $10,207
Profit Sharing $2,000
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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$59,387 - $103,143
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 39

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Job Description for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software)

Senior quality assurance (QA) analysts for computer software are in charge of analyzing software programs to ensure high quality and eliminate programming issues. They are responsible for overseeing the correct functioning of software code and ensuring company requirements are met before product shipping. Senior QA analysts troubleshoot code using complex industry programs to detect low-quality and resource-intensive code. They work closely with different teams in their organization, plan and complete performance tests using automated means, lead testing procedures, and create detailed reports. They also help train support staff, participate in mentoring tasks, document product defects, and participate in requirement reviews as needed. They also design test approaches. Senior QA analysts work directly with software developers and project management to form cohesive goals, but they also need to be able to work by themselves with minimal supervision. They report their progress to the software quality supervisor in their department.

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Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) Tasks

  • Uses knowledge of computers and electronics to create and execute clear, comprehensive tests which detect potential programming issues with software solutions.
  • Reports progress to the software quality supervisor.
  • Works with different teams to ensure that tests are carried out successfully.
  • Analyzes software test results and recommends a course of action if necessary to ensure that performance standards demanded by the organization are maintained.

Common Career Paths for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software)


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Many Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts move into a Software Quality Assurance Lead role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Software Quality Assurance Leads on average bring in a similar salary to Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts.

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Popular Skills for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software)


Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java, Regression Testing, System Testing, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Automation Scripting, Agile, and Project Management. Most people familiar with Software Test also know Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software)

Pay by Experience for a Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 74 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 214 salaries. An experienced Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 169 salaries. A Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 31 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $82,930

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

With a pay rate for Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Minneapolis offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+8 percent), Atlanta (+7 percent), Seattle (+5 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts in Sacramento report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 25 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Boston and Pittsburgh (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software)?

Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) in Murray:
"Make money breaking things."
Pros: Intra-office cooperation and flexible hours.
Cons: Commute, commute and commute.

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Key Stats for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software)

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
6%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) Salaries

▲7%

▲4%

National Average
$83,000

▼3%

▼22%

Skills That Affect Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) Salaries

Java
▲8%

National Average
$83,000



SQL
▼1%

Team Leadership
▼1%






Black Box Testing
▼6%

Project Management
▼7%

Agile
▼9%

Automation Scripting
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 14%
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