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Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salary

For Quality Assurance Associates, annual average wages total $48K per year. Final cash compensation to Quality Assurance Associates varies from around $26K to approximately $64K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $6K, respectively. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Quality Assurance Associates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Quality Assurance Associates (64 percent) who took the survey are women. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,854 - $70,715
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,750
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90%

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$10.76 - $24.00
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
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
$33,854 - $70,715  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $6,082  
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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$26,339 - $64,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 489
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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.76 - $24.00  
   
Overtime
$16.48 - $33.68  
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.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $6,082  
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).
)
$26,339 - $64,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 428

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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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Quality Assurance Associates' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Quality Assurance Manager. The average Quality Assurance Manager brings home $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, with boosts between 3 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Training, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control are also skilled in Document Management and Quality Improvement / QA.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Quality Assurance Associates make a median salary of $53K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $47K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Assurance Associates, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Quality Assurance Associates will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+25 percent), New York (+25 percent), and Los Angeles (+22 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas. Below-median salaries also turn up in Durham and Cleveland (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries



Late-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 17%


Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 3%

Internal Audit
up arrow 3%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 2%

Document Management
0%

National Average
$41,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%


Training
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 15%
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