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

Quality Control Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $61K per year. Overall cash earnings for Quality Control Engineers stretch from $41K on the lower end to $82K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Quality Control Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,338 - $81,132
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$42K
$61K
$81K
MEDIAN: $60,678
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$12.99 - $30.20
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$42,338 - $81,132  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,085  
Profit Sharing
$310.94 - $7,708  
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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$40,509 - $82,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,294
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.99 - $30.20  
   
Overtime
$18.70 - $46.37  
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 - $6,085  
   
Profit Sharing
$310.94 - $7,708  
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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$40,509 - $82,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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It's not very common for Quality Control Engineers to move on to become Test Automation Engineers. Average pay for a Test Automation Engineer is $86K annually. 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 $8K higher, respectively.

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


Survey takers working as Quality Control Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Six Sigma Black Belt, Six Sigma Green Belt, and Lean Manufacturing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks and AutoCAD. 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.


Quality Control Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $55K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $64K. On average, Quality Control Engineers make $68K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $71K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Montgomery is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Control Engineers, 29 percent higher than the national average. Quality Control Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+20 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Denver (+17 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Grand Rapids. Columbus and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 11 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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Quality Improvement / QA
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Statistical Analysis
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average
$60,000

Microsoft Word
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Data Analysis
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Windows Operating System General Use
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SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 374 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 9%