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

Pay for Quality Control Engineers in the United States is typically around $60K annually. Total cash compensation for Quality Control Engineers runs from $40K to $82K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Making up 78 percent of the field, male Quality Control Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. For the most part, Quality Control Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer Salary (?
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$41,326 - $80,652
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MEDIAN: $59,996
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$13.44 - $30.20
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$41,326 - $80,652  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,027  
Profit Sharing
$303.04 - $7,136  
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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$39,837 - $81,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,382
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.44 - $30.20  
   
Overtime
$19.33 - $46.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$303.04 - $7,136  
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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$39,837 - $81,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 208
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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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It's not very common for Quality Control Engineers to move on to become Test Automation Engineers. Typical pay for a Test Automation Engineer is $86K annually. Quality Control Engineers typically move into roles as Quality Managers or Quality Assurance Managers, and those positions pay $12K more and $8K more, respectively.

Industrial Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Job Listings

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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 Green Belt, Project Management, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Lean Manufacturing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 17 percent, 15 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SolidWorks and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know 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.
For Quality Control Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $54K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $63K. Quality Control Engineers bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. Quality Control Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $70K. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining around an eighth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$60,000
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For Quality Control Engineers, busy Montgomery offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Milwaukee, Seattle, Houston, and Portland, where Quality Control Engineers annually earn 24 percent, 18 percent, 14 percent, and 13 percent more than the national average. Grand Rapids is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Columbus and Kansas City are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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

National Average
$60,000

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

Lean Manufacturing
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Data Analysis
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$60,000
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 438 votes.

Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%