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

Quality Control Engineers in the United States take home an average $61K per year. Cash earnings for Quality Control Engineers — which occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $41K to approximately $83K. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Quality Control Engineers is high. Male Quality Control Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$43,445 - $82,260
(Median)
$43K
$61K
$82K
MEDIAN: $61,475
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$13.45 - $30.61
(Median)
$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
$43,445 - $82,260  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,093  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,047  
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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$41,058 - $83,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,217
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.45 - $30.61  
   
Overtime
$20.32 - $46.31  
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 - $6,093  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,047  
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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$41,058 - $83,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 193
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Test Automation Engineers. That role pays $87K per year on average. Career advancement for the typical Quality Control Engineer often leads to becoming a Quality Manager or a Quality Assurance Manager; median salaries in these positions are $11K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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 between 12 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks, Windows Operating System General Use, and AutoCAD. Most people familiar with 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.


Quality Control Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $57K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $66K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Quality Control Engineers make a median salary of $68K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


Montgomery is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Control Engineers, 27 percent higher than the national average. Quality Control Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+18 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Cincinnati (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Grand Rapids Quality Control Engineers earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Columbus (17 percent lower) and Indianapolis (13 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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Quality Improvement / QA
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Statistical Analysis
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$61,000

Data Analysis
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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 289 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 9%
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