Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salary

Quality Assurance Associates in the United States can expect wages of $49K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Quality Assurance Associates bottoms out near $27K and approaches $67K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though experience level and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. There are more female Quality Assurance Associates who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 65 percent. Most Quality Assurance Associates like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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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.

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 $69K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


The pay scale is far from balanced at Baxter Healthcare Corporation. While salaries on one end can reach $76K, the company's median pay sits at $54K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


Quality Assurance Associates seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are similarly competent 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.


For Quality Assurance Associates, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. Quality Assurance Associates see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Quality Assurance Associates with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,775

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

For Quality Assurance Associates, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+29 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), Raleigh (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Austin (14 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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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