Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salary

Quality Assurance Associates in the United States take home approximately $48K per year on average. Final cash compensation to Quality Assurance Associates varies from around $27K to approximately $65K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $6K, respectively. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Quality Assurance Associates (64 percent) who took the survey are female. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$33,916 - $70,427
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$70K
MEDIAN: $48,184
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$10.98 - $24.51
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,916 - $70,427  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,013  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $6,000  
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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$26,645 - $65,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 510
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.98 - $24.51  
   
Overtime
$16.39 - $35.55  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,013  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $6,000  
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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$26,645 - $65,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 429
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Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate

The quality assurance (QA) associate ensures that a new product in development (usually software) meets standards for operating and usage. Frequently, this individual attempts to "break" the product under development, and report their experiences, successes, and failures to the team to use in future iterations or versions.

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Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Tasks

  • Investigate and diagnose quality complaints, track down components, and recommend corrective actions.
  • Verify logs, databases, and other data to track and flag quality concerns and improvements.
  • Work with organization members to audit, identify quality problems, and improve operational processes.
  • Write, maintain, and disseminate quality manuals and other documentation.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


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At the upper end, Quality Assurance Associates who move into a Quality Assurance Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Quality Assurance Managers is a much higher $68K per year.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Auditing, Quality Improvement / QA, and Internal Audit are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Training, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. Most people skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are similarly competent in Writing Procedures & Documentation and Document Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $48K.

Pay Difference by Location


Quality Assurance Associates will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Quality Assurance Associates will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Philadelphia (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+20 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Dallas and Durham are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries



Late-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 15%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 3%

Auditing
up arrow 3%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 1%

Internal Audit
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Document Management
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%


Training
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 15%
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