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

Pay for Quality Control Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $61K annually. Cash earnings for Quality Control Engineers — including $6K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $41K to $83K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. 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. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Quality Control Engineers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,741 - $82,421
(Median)
$44K
$61K
$82K
MEDIAN: $61,437
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$13.40 - $30.66
(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
$43,741 - $82,421  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,047  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $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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$41,279 - $83,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,213
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
$13.40 - $30.66  
   
Overtime
$20.30 - $46.35  
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 - $6,047  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $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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$41,279 - $83,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190
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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 it's uncommon, some Quality Control Engineers move into roles as Test Automation Engineers, where pay is an average $87K per year. When Quality Control Engineers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Quality Managers or Quality Assurance Managers. Those roles pay an additional $11K and $7K, respectively.

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


Quality Control Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Six Sigma Black Belt, Six Sigma Green Belt, Project Management, and Lean Manufacturing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks, Windows Operating System General Use, and AutoCAD. Most people experienced in 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.


For many Quality Control Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $57K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $65K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Quality Control Engineers bring in $68K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Control Engineers, working in the bustling city of Montgomery has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Quality Control Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+15 percent), Cincinnati (+14 percent), Milwaukee (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Quality Control Engineers in Grand Rapids make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Indianapolis (17 percent lower and 13 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
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Statistical Analysis
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National Average
$61,000

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 283 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%
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