Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salary

Quality Assurance Associates in the United States can expect to earn an average of $55K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but the company and years of experience are influential factors as well. Women make up a slight majority of Quality Assurance Associates (57 percent) survey respondents. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Quality Assurance Associates — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,324 - $78,604
$36K
$55K
$79K
MEDIAN: $55,062
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$11.45 - $25.28
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MEDIAN: $17.16
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$0$78K
Salary $36,324 - $78,604
Bonus $974 - $9,322
Profit Sharing $1,600
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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$28,842 - $73,658
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 362
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $11.45 - $25.28
Overtime $17.82 - $38.80
Annual Data $0$73K
Bonus $974 - $9,322
Commission $55.00
Profit Sharing $1,600
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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$28,842 - $73,658
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 248

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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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While not commonly seen, Quality Assurance Associates who transition into a Quality Assurance Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Quality Assurance Managers is $70K per year. It is quite typical for Quality Assurance Associates to transition into roles as Quality Assurance Specialists or Medical Devices Quality Engineers, where reported median earnings are $1K and $22K higher per year.

Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


Baxter International Inc offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $58K.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


Quality Assurance Associates seem to wield many 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 33 percent, 13 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Document Management, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are, more often than not, 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: $47,270

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 35 percent. Quality Assurance Associates will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+28 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), St. Louis (+8 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). Quality Assurance Associates' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Quality Assurance Associates in Atlanta bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland (18 percent lower) and Houston (13 percent lower).

Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Quality Assurance (QA) Associate?

Quality Assurance (QA) Associate in Rockford:
"An opportunity to grow in my education field."
Pros: I am able to help people to live.
Cons: Large duties but little pay and not enough hours.

Quality Assurance (QA) Associate in High Point:
Pros: I Love Taking Care Of People.
Cons: Having To Wake Up So Early.

Quality Assurance (QA) Associate in Austin:
"Great to start, hard to stay."
Pros: I enjoy working with my coworkers.
Cons: The pay could be better and the atmosphere of knowing that we get paid under market is unsettling. There is high turn over.

Quality Assurance (QA) Associate in Phoenix:
Pros: Culture, flexibility, office conditions.
Cons: Not enough recognition for QA.

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

▲22%

▲16%

▲8%

National Average
$47,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

SQL
▲33%

Training
▲13%

GMP Compliance
▲6%

▲4%



National Average
$47,000








Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 12%
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