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

Quality Control Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $62K annually. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of Quality Control Engineers spread between $42K and $86K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Quality Control Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of Quality Control Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's 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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90%

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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.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer


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Quality Control Engineers do not often transition into Test Automation Engineer roles. The role averages $88K per year. A common career progression for a Quality Control Engineer is to become a Quality Manager or a Quality Assurance Manager. Compared to Quality Control Engineers, the first group earns $10K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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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 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 pay less than market rate include SolidWorks, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Excel. Most people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know 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.


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 $58K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $66K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Quality Control Engineers bring in $70K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,058

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

For those looking to make money, Quality Control Engineers in Montgomery enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Quality Control Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+13 percent), Cincinnati (+12 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Detroit (+9 percent). In Columbus, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 18 percent less in Indianapolis and 15 percent less in Grand Rapids, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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