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Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer Salary

Pay for Quality Control Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $61K annually. Overall cash earnings for Quality Control Engineers stretch from $41K on the lower end to $83K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Quality Control Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Quality Control Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$42,676 - $81,823
(Median)
$43K
$61K
$82K
MEDIAN: $60,834
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$13.35 - $30.82
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$13
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$42,676 - $81,823  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,123  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $7,063  
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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$40,823 - $83,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,229
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $30.82  
   
Overtime
$20.28 - $46.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,123  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $7,063  
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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$40,823 - $83,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187

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Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer

Quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC) engineers are responsible for ensuring the quality of products and services produced by their company. They oversee the manufacturing of products and they are involved in every stage of making a product--from development and manufacturing to packaging.

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Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer Tasks

  • Review and approve quality requirements for manufacturing planning, supplier purchase orders, and engineering specifications to ensure contract compliance.
  • Develop, document, and audit practices, program quality, and metrics reporting system.
  • Perform and coordinate inspections and determine quality assurance testing models of raw materials and finished products.
  • Prepare, document, and execute detailed test plans, test cases, and defect reports.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer


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Quality Control Engineers who advance into the role of a Test Automation Engineer are fairly uncommon. Test Automation Engineers on average earn $87K per year. Quality Control Engineers most often move into positions as Quality Managers or Quality Assurance Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $11K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Six Sigma Black Belt, Project Management, Six Sigma Green Belt, and Lean Manufacturing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Quality Control Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $56K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $65K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Quality Control Engineers make a median salary of $68K. As Quality Control Engineers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Control Engineers, working in the bustling city of Montgomery has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Quality Control Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+15 percent), Milwaukee (+15 percent), Cincinnati (+15 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). Grand Rapids is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Columbus (16 percent lower) and Indianapolis (11 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer Salaries




Lean Manufacturing
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Statistical Analysis
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Data Analysis
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$61,000

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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AutoCAD
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 325 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 10%