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

Quality Control Engineers in the United States take home an average $64K per year. In the world of Quality Control Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $43K and $89K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $8K, respectively. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Quality Control Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$47,024 - $88,092
$47K
$64K
$88K
MEDIAN: $64,333
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50%
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$14.67 - $35.39
$15
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $21.87
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$47,024 - $88,092  
   
Bonus
$242.40 - $8,290  
Profit Sharing
$9.97 - $7,787  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$43,353 - $89,213  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 930
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.67 - $35.39  
   
Overtime
$15.89 - $44.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$242.40 - $8,290  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$9.97 - $7,787  
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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$43,353 - $89,213  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 161

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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


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Quality Control Engineers may progress into high-paying roles like Test Automation Engineer, where median compensation is $88K annually. Quality Control Engineers typically move into roles as Quality Managers or Quality Assurance Managers, and those positions pay $10K more and $6K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, General Electric Co (GE) offers the most; Quality Control Engineers earn $80K on average there.

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


Survey results imply that Quality Control Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Six Sigma Black Belt, Process Improvement, Six Sigma Green Belt, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis.

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

Pay by Experience for a Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 577 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 347 salaries. An experienced Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 275 salaries. A Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 139 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,719

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Quality Control Engineers in Montgomery enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Quality Control Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Greenville (+17 percent), and Detroit (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Columbus. Below-median salaries also turn up in New York and Atlanta (9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 128 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer Salaries

▲13%

▲9%

▲6%

National Average
$64,000

▼5%

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

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 9%
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