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

Quality Control Engineers in the United States take home approximately $62K annually on average. In the world of Quality Control Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $41K and $84K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. 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. The majority of Quality Control Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$44,039 - $82,678

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$13.43 - $30.63

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National Salary 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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$44,039 - $82,678  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,057  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $7,079  
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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$41,396 - $83,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.43 - $30.63  
   
Overtime
$20.12 - $46.27  
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 - $6,057  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $7,079  
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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$41,396 - $83,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 192
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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 who advance into the role of a Test Automation Engineer are fairly uncommon. Test Automation Engineers on average earn $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


Survey results imply that Quality Control Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 in pay of 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $57K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $65K. Quality Control Engineers bring in $69K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Quality Control Engineers in Montgomery enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. 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 (+10 percent). Quality Control Engineers in Grand Rapids take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 22 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (17 percent less) and Indianapolis (14 percent less).

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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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 273 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
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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