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

QA Engineers in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $59,541 per year. The range in pay spans from $39,837 to $81,962 per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. Most QA Engineers are men (78 percent). Work is enjoyable for QA Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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 (?
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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
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$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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While QA Engineers do not often become Senior QA Engineers, the ones that do transition make an extra $27K per year. Career advancement for QA Engineers often leads to becoming Quality Managers or Quality Assurance Managers, where they can earn $12,029 or $8,156 more per year.

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

QA Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. 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. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of 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.
Though QA Engineers can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. At career start, salaries are typically $55K, which grows to $63K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $67K. After 20 years in the field, QA Engineers see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $69,719. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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For QA Engineers, busy Montgomery offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Milwaukee, Seattle, Houston, and Portland, where QA Engineers typically earn around 24 percent, 18 percent, 14 percent, and 13 percent more than usual. Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Grand Rapids is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Columbus and Kansas City (-15 percent and -9 percent, respectively).

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

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$60,000

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

Lean Manufacturing
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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%