Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salary

Earnings for Quality Assurance Associates in the United States come in at around $48K per year on average. In the world of Quality Assurance Associates, overall income ranges from $27K near the bottom to $65K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Quality Assurance Associates (65 percent) who took the survey are women. The majority of Quality Assurance Associates claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,917 - $70,144

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$10.97 - $24.64

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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,917 - $70,144  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,987  
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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$26,631 - $65,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 511
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.97 - $24.64  
   
Overtime
$16.39 - $36.05  
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
$0.00 - $4,987  
   
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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$26,631 - $65,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 436
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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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At the upper end, Quality Assurance Associates who move into a Quality Assurance Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Quality Assurance Managers is a much higher $68K per year.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Auditing, Quality Improvement / QA, and Writing Procedures & Documentation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 15 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. Quality Assurance Associates claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $53K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $47K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Quality Assurance Associates that is 33 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Quality Assurance Associates will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Philadelphia (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 15 percent below the national average. Workers in Dallas and Durham earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries



Late-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

Data Analysis
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Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 3%

Auditing
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Writing Procedures & Documentation
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Internal Audit
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National Average
$41,000

Document Management
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Training
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

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