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Software QA Lead

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Supervises members of the software quality assurance team and ensures compliance with applicable regulations.

Job Outlook

There were 596 Software QA Lead job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 11834 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Software QA Engineer / Tester industry, which includes the Software QA Lead career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Software QA Lead jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $90,537.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $93,959.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Software QA Lead postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $81,846.

Education and Experience

Posted Software QA Lead jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree2%
Bachelor's Degree70%
Master's Degree15%
Doctoral Degree3%
Other9%

Posted Software QA Lead jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years8%
3 to 5 years46%
6 to 8 years25%
9+ years21%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Software QA Lead positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (37%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (27%)
  • Planning (26%)
  • Problem Solving (21%)
  • Writing (18%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Quality Assurance and Control (60%)
  • Selenium (23%)
  • SQL (21%)
  • Atlassian JIRA (19%)
  • Performance testing (12%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Java (19%)
  • Quality Management (15%)
  • Python (14%)
  • Software Development (13%)
  • Project Management (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Apache Jmeter (6%)
  • User Acceptance Testing (UAT) (6%)
  • Bug tracking (5%)
  • Continuous Integration (CI) (5%)
  • Waterfall Development Process (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Software QA Lead skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Quality Assurance Lead
  • Test Lead
  • Quality Lead
  • Automation Lead
  • Quality Assurance Test Lead

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Software QA Lead jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Infosys (442)
  • Citizens Financial Group (293)
  • Deloitte (169)
  • Capgemini (141)
  • Raytheon (139)

North Carolina

  • Infosys (38)
  • Wells Fargo (23)
  • Epic Games (9)
  • Bank of America (9)
  • Hcl Technologies (7)

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