Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salary

Earnings for Quality Assurance Associates in the United States come in at around $53K per year on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Quality Assurance Associates claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,933 - $75,259
$36K
$53K
$75K
MEDIAN: $52,839
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90%

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$10.97 - $25.23
$11
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$25
MEDIAN: $16.46
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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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,933 - $75,259  
   
Bonus
$979 - $9,082  
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
Commission
$55.00  
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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$27,849 - $69,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 385
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.97 - $25.23  
   
Overtime
$18.02 - $38.80  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$979 - $9,082  
   
Commission
$55.00  
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
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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$27,849 - $69,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 283

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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

  • Work with organization members to audit, identify quality problems, and improve operational processes.
  • Write, maintain, and disseminate quality manuals and other documentation.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


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Quality Assurance Associates sometimes assume positions such as Quality Assurance Managers. That role pays $69K per year on average. Typical career progression for a Quality Assurance Associate involves becoming a Quality Assurance Specialist or a Medical Devices Quality Engineer, roles that pay $3K more and $24K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


For Quality Assurance Associates, comfortable salaries can be found at Baxter International Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $57K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


Quality Assurance Associates report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with SQL, Training, and GMP Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 41 percent, 18 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Quality Improvement / QA 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $44K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. Quality Assurance Associates with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $55K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $54K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,263

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

Quality Assurance Associates will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 41 percent. Quality Assurance Associates will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+38 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and St. Louis (+12 percent). Quality Assurance Associates' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Quality Assurance Associates in Atlanta bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Cleveland and 9 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

▲22%

▲18%

▲12%

National Average
$45,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

SQL
▲41%

Training
▲18%

GMP Compliance
▲10%


▲8%




Data Analysis
▼0%

Microsoft Word
▼0%

National Average
$45,000




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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