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Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salary (United States)

Earnings for Quality Assurance Associates in the United States come in at around $47K annually on average. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Quality Assurance Associates spread between $27K and $65K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. More than half of Quality Assurance Associates (65 percent) survey participants are women. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salary (?
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$32,836 - $71,508
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MEDIAN: $46,662
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Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salary (?
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$10.69 - $24.26
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,836 - $71,508  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,008  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $6,040  
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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$26,629 - $64,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 467
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.69 - $24.26  
   
Overtime
$16.03 - $33.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,008  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $6,040  
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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$26,629 - $64,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 403
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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 $68K per year.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate

Survey results imply that Quality Assurance Associates put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis, Auditing, and Internal Audit are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office. For most people, competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control indicates knowledge of Document Management, Writing Procedures & Documentation, and Auditing.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $39K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $48K. Quality Assurance Associates see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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

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San Francisco
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Seattle
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New York
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Carlsbad
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Philadelphia
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St. Louis
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Atlanta
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Chicago
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San Diego
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National Average
$41,000
Houston
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Cleveland
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Durham
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With a pay rate for Quality Assurance Associates that is 51 percent greater than the national average, Raleigh offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Quality Assurance Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+34 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), Seattle (+26 percent), and New York (+23 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Durham and Cleveland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

Data Analysis
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Internal Audit
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Writing Procedures & Documentation
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Document Management
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National Average
$41,000
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 14%