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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

15-1253 Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers

Develop and execute software tests to identify software problems and their causes. Test system modifications to prepare for implementation. Document software and application defects using a bug tracking system and report defects to software or web developers. Create and maintain databases of known defects. May participate in software design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, operational characteristics, product designs, and schedules.


National estimates for Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers
Industry profile for Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers
Geographic profile for Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers

National estimates for Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
190,120 1.7 % $ 46.97 $ 97,710 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.54 $ 34.57 $ 47.22 $ 59.88 $ 73.68
Annual Wage (2) $ 48,960 $ 71,910 $ 98,220 $ 124,550 $ 153,250


Industry profile for Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 63,670 2.81 $ 47.09 $ 97,950
Software Publishers 16,240 3.09 $ 46.92 $ 97,600
Employment Services 11,260 0.32 $ 43.84 $ 91,190
Management of Companies and Enterprises 10,880 0.43 $ 47.82 $ 99,460
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 7,800 2.06 $ 41.05 $ 85,380

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 16,240 3.09 $ 46.92 $ 97,600
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 63,670 2.81 $ 47.09 $ 97,950
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 3,260 2.10 $ 56.39 $ 117,280
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 7,800 2.06 $ 41.05 $ 85,380
Other Information Services 6,760 1.86 $ 58.71 $ 122,110

Top paying industries for Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Automobile Dealers 100 0.01 $ 70.13 $ 145,860
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 2,090 0.59 $ 60.46 $ 125,750
Other Information Services 6,760 1.86 $ 58.71 $ 122,110
Natural Gas Distribution 220 0.20 $ 57.51 $ 119,610
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 3,260 2.10 $ 56.39 $ 117,280


Geographic profile for Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of software quality assurance analysts and testers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 34,050 2.06 1.53 $ 55.49 $ 115,420
Texas 17,960 1.47 1.09 $ 43.45 $ 90,370
Florida 10,740 1.25 0.92 $ 38.25 $ 79,550
Washington 10,240 3.19 2.37 $ 50.43 $ 104,900
Maryland 10,210 4.01 2.97 $ 53.34 $ 110,950


Map of location quotient of software quality assurance analysts and testers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 10,210 4.01 2.97 $ 53.34 $ 110,950
Washington 10,240 3.19 2.37 $ 50.43 $ 104,900
Virginia 9,310 2.48 1.84 $ 49.16 $ 102,250
California 34,050 2.06 1.53 $ 55.49 $ 115,420
New Jersey 7,770 2.02 1.50 $ 51.86 $ 107,870


Map of annual mean wages of software quality assurance analysts and testers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 9,630 1.11 0.82 $ 55.98 $ 116,440
California 34,050 2.06 1.53 $ 55.49 $ 115,420
Maryland 10,210 4.01 2.97 $ 53.34 $ 110,950
New Mexico 570 0.73 0.54 $ 53.06 $ 110,370
Massachusetts 4,400 1.30 0.96 $ 52.08 $ 108,320



Map of employment of software quality assurance analysts and testers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 13,120 1.51 1.12 $ 57.08 $ 118,730
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 11,600 3.96 2.93 $ 50.87 $ 105,810
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 9,480 8.88 6.58 $ 66.52 $ 138,360
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 9,110 4.75 3.52 $ 51.33 $ 106,760
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 7,920 3.53 2.62 $ 60.89 $ 126,640
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 7,850 2.19 1.62 $ 43.92 $ 91,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 7,300 1.28 0.95 $ 47.59 $ 98,980
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 6,300 1.49 1.10 $ 45.35 $ 94,330
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 4,840 3.85 2.86 $ 55.74 $ 115,940
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,300 1.66 1.23 $ 52.42 $ 109,040


Map of location quotient of software quality assurance analysts and testers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California-Lexington Park, MD 480 10.26 7.60 $ 59.02 $ 122,750
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 9,480 8.88 6.58 $ 66.52 $ 138,360
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 9,110 4.75 3.52 $ 51.33 $ 106,760
Boulder, CO 780 4.27 3.16 $ 48.26 $ 100,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 11,600 3.96 2.93 $ 50.87 $ 105,810
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 4,840 3.85 2.86 $ 55.74 $ 115,940
Raleigh, NC 2,320 3.66 2.71 $ 51.79 $ 107,720
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 7,920 3.53 2.62 $ 60.89 $ 126,640
Austin-Round Rock, TX 3,770 3.51 2.60 $ 44.39 $ 92,320
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,010 3.24 2.40 $ 48.01 $ 99,860


Map of annual mean wages of software quality assurance analysts and testers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 9,480 8.88 6.58 $ 66.52 $ 138,360
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 7,920 3.53 2.62 $ 60.89 $ 126,640
California-Lexington Park, MD 480 10.26 7.60 $ 59.02 $ 122,750
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 13,120 1.51 1.12 $ 57.08 $ 118,730
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 4,840 3.85 2.86 $ 55.74 $ 115,940
Albuquerque, NM 480 1.31 0.97 $ 55.28 $ 114,990
Kennewick-Richland, WA 50 0.44 0.33 $ 53.87 $ 112,050
Santa Rosa, CA 100 0.53 0.39 $ 53.46 $ 111,200
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 80 0.86 0.63 $ 53.43 $ 111,130
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,300 1.66 1.23 $ 52.42 $ 109,040

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 160 0.82 0.61 $ 34.89 $ 72,580
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 140 1.28 0.95 $ 21.29 $ 44,270
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.61 0.45 $ 33.14 $ 68,940
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 2.08 1.54 $ 44.54 $ 92,640
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.41 0.30 $ 44.29 $ 92,120

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 2.08 1.54 $ 44.54 $ 92,640
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 90 1.31 0.97 $ 36.05 $ 74,980
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 140 1.28 0.95 $ 21.29 $ 44,270
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 160 0.82 0.61 $ 34.89 $ 72,580
Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.74 0.55 $ 26.14 $ 54,370

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 0.19 $ 45.31 $ 94,250
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 2.08 1.54 $ 44.54 $ 92,640
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.41 0.30 $ 44.29 $ 92,120
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 0.29 $ 44.14 $ 91,820
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 70 0.72 0.53 $ 43.19 $ 89,840


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022