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Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salary

Median pay for Quality Assurance Associates in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $47K per year. Total incomes of Quality Assurance Associates incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $26K and $64K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Quality Assurance Associates (64 percent) who took the survey are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Quality Assurance Associates. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,403 - $70,221
(Median)
$33K
$47K
$70K
MEDIAN: $47,325
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90%

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$10.74 - $24.15
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,403 - $70,221  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,005  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $6,128  
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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$26,354 - $64,290  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 488
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.74 - $24.15  
   
Overtime
$16.49 - $34.34  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,005  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $6,128  
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).
)
$26,354 - $64,290  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 424

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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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For Quality Assurance Associates, progressing to a Quality Assurance Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Quality Assurance Manager can earn $68K annually.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


Survey results suggest that Quality Assurance Associates use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis, Auditing, and Quality Improvement / QA are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 5 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. Most people who know Document Management also know Writing Procedures & Documentation.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $39K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $48K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Quality Assurance Associates make a median salary of $53K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $47K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Assurance Associates, 36 percent higher than the national average. Quality Assurance Associates will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+26 percent), Philadelphia (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), and New York (+23 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Durham and Cleveland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, 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
up arrow 26%


Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 3%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 3%

Internal Audit
up arrow 3%

Document Management
0%

National Average
$41,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 175 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 14%