Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salary

Median pay for Quality Assurance Associates in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $53K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and tenure 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 56 percent. Most Quality Assurance Associates like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$36,201 - $76,596
$36K
$53K
$77K
MEDIAN: $53,332
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$11.09 - $25.49
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MEDIAN: $16.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,201 - $76,596  
   
Bonus
$976 - $8,908  
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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$28,170 - $70,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 364
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.09 - $25.49  
   
Overtime
$17.65 - $39.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$976 - $8,908  
   
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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$28,170 - $70,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 262

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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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It's not very common for Quality Assurance Associates to move on to become Quality Assurance Managers. Average pay for a Quality Assurance Manager is $70K annually. A common career progression for a Quality Assurance Associate is to become a Quality Assurance Specialist or a Medical Devices Quality Engineer. Compared to Quality Assurance Associates, the first group earns $2K more on average, and the second group earns $23K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


Baxter International Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $58K on average.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


Quality Assurance Associates report using a deep pool 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 37 percent, 17 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Document Management, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control are also skilled in Quality Improvement / QA and Document Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate

Pay by Experience for a Quality Assurance (QA) Associate has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Assurance (QA) Associate with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 458 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Assurance (QA) Associate with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 169 salaries. An experienced Quality Assurance (QA) Associate which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 84 salaries. A Quality Assurance (QA) Associate with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 25 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,907

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

With a pay rate for Quality Assurance Associates that is 39 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Quality Assurance Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+32 percent), San Francisco (+12 percent), St. Louis (+11 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Quality Assurance Associates is geography, with workers in Atlanta earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cleveland and Houston (16 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 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

▲26%

▲19%

▲11%

National Average
$46,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

SQL
▲37%

Training
▲17%

GMP Compliance
▲9%

▲7%




National Average
$46,000







Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

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: 67%
no benefits
None: 12%