Quality Assurance Associates in the United States take home approximately $52K per year on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women Quality Assurance Associates who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,602 - $74,663
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,904
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90%

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$11.03 - $25.42
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,602 - $74,663  
   
Bonus
$965 - $8,726  
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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$27,454 - $69,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 390
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.03 - $25.42  
   
Overtime
$17.26 - $42.88  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$965 - $8,726  
   
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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$27,454 - $69,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 291
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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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Though some Quality Assurance Associates move into positions like Quality Assurance Manager (where the average salary is $69K), this progression is not the norm. Career advancement for the typical Quality Assurance Associate often leads to becoming a Quality Assurance Specialist or a Medical Devices Quality Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $3K higher and $24K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


Baxter International Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $57K on average.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


Survey takers working as Quality Assurance Associates report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with SQL, GMP Compliance, and Auditing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent, 25 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Quality Assurance / Quality Control tend to be well versed in 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.


Quality Assurance Associates with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $43K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $51K. Quality Assurance Associates see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,803

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

Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Assurance Associates, 51 percent higher than the national average. Quality Assurance Associates will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+45 percent), New York (+42 percent), Chicago (+38 percent), and Dallas (+20 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 19 percent below the national average. Employers in Cleveland and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

SQL
up arrow 45%

GMP Compliance
up arrow 25%



Training
up arrow 7%



Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

National Average
$45,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Document Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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