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

Pay for Quality Control Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $62K per year. Cash earnings for Quality Control Engineers — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $42K to approximately $86K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Quality Control Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,524 - $83,920
(Median)
$45K
$62K
$84K
MEDIAN: $62,154
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$13.46 - $31.60
(Median)
$13
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$44,524 - $83,920  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,650  
Profit Sharing
$10.21 - $7,830  
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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$42,007 - $85,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,326
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.46 - $31.60  
   
Overtime
$20.53 - $46.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,650  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.21 - $7,830  
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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$42,007 - $85,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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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.

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While Quality Control Engineers do not often become Test Automation Engineers, the job pays $88K per year on average. Quality Control Engineers most often move into positions as Quality Managers or Quality Assurance Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $10K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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


Survey results imply that Quality Control Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Problem Solving, Six Sigma Black Belt, Six Sigma Green Belt, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SolidWorks, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis.

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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Quality Control Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $58K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $66K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Quality Control Engineers make a median salary of $70K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,058

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Quality Control Engineers, working in the bustling city of Montgomery has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Quality Control Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+13 percent), Cincinnati (+12 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Detroit (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Columbus. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (18 percent less) and Grand Rapids (15 percent less).

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




National Average
$62,000


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

Problem Solving
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Statistical Analysis
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Lean Manufacturing
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National Average
$62,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Data Analysis
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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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 259 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

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: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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