Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salary

The average Quality Assurance Associate in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $48K annually. Total cash compensation for Quality Assurance Associates runs from $26K to $65K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Female Quality Assurance Associates are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (65 percent) are women. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$33,932 - $70,324
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$70K
MEDIAN: $47,943
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$10.79 - $24.47
(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
$33,932 - $70,324  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
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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$26,297 - $65,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 514
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.79 - $24.47  
   
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 - $5,034  
   
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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$26,297 - $65,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 433
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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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As Quality Assurance Associates transition into upper-level roles such as Quality Assurance Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Quality Assurance Managers earn $68K on average per year.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


Quality Assurance Associates seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Training, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control indicates knowledge of 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $49K. Quality Assurance Associates who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $50K 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, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+30 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Philadelphia (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+20 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (13 percent less) and Durham (11 percent less).

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 21%


National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 17%

Auditing
up arrow 4%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 3%

Internal Audit
up arrow 3%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Document Management
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Training
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 15%
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