Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salary

Average Quality Assurance Associates in the United States make around $49K per year. Cash earnings for Quality Assurance Associates — including $5K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $27K to $67K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Women make up the majority of Quality Assurance Associates (65 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,342 - $72,471
(Median)
$34K
$49K
$72K
MEDIAN: $48,843
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$10.98 - $24.94
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,342 - $72,471  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,011  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,872  
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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$26,694 - $66,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 585
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.98 - $24.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.18 - $36.60  
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 - $5,011  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,872  
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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$26,694 - $66,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 486
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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.

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Quality Assurance Associates' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Quality Assurance Manager. The average Quality Assurance Manager brings home $69K per year.

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While select Baxter Healthcare Corporation employees may bring in up to $76K, a median salary of only $54K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


Quality Assurance Associates seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Training, Data Analysis, Auditing, and Writing Procedures & Documentation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Quality Assurance / Quality Control tend to be well versed in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $53K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,775

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 32 percent. Quality Assurance Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+29 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), Raleigh (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Dallas and 2 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

Training
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Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 4%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 4%

Internal Audit
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Document Management
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National Average
$42,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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