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

Pay for QA Engineers in the United States is typically around $59,541 per year. Compensation starts at $39,837 and can reach $81,962 per year. Total cash compensation varies from around $41,326 to approximately $80,652; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6,027 and $7,136, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and a majority get vision plans, too. Making up 78 percent of the field, male QA Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Work is enjoyable for the better half of QA Engineers who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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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
Bonus
$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  
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, QA Engineers who become Senior QA Engineers earn an extra $27K per year. QA Engineers can earn $12,029 or $8,156 more per year when they move into roles as Quality Managers or Quality Assurance Managers, a common transition for those in the field.

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

Survey takers working as QA Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks and Windows Operating System General Use. 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.
QA Engineers with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $55K to $63K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $67K. As QA Engineers reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $69,719. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent 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. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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Detroit
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Auburn Hills
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$60,000
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For QA Engineers, Montgomery provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. QA Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+24 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Portland (+13 percent). Grand Rapids ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Columbus (-15 percent) and Kansas City (-9 percent).

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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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Data Analysis
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$60,000
AutoCAD
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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