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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 per year. Total cash compensation to Quality Control Engineers bottoms out near $41K and approaches $83K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $6K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Residence and years of experience 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. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$43,060 - $82,094
(Median)
$43K
$61K
$82K
MEDIAN: $61,145
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$13.45 - $30.74
(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
$43,060 - $82,094  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,121  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $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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$40,994 - $83,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,231
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 - $30.74  
   
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 - $6,121  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $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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$40,994 - $83,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Though some Quality Control Engineers move into positions like Test Automation Engineer (where the average salary is $87K), this progression is not the norm. 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 in pay of 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks, Windows Operating System General Use, and AutoCAD. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to 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 $56K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $65K. Quality Control Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $68K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $71K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Quality Control Engineers in Montgomery enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Quality Control Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+16 percent), Cincinnati (+14 percent), Milwaukee (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Grand Rapids is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Indianapolis (16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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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
up arrow 7%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 4%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$61,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 317 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
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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