Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salary

Generous salaries abound for Quality Assurance Directors in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($107K) per year. Cash earnings for Quality Assurance Directors — which occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $63K to approximately $168K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Quality Assurance Directors. There are more male Quality Assurance Directors than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 64 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$63,483 - $150,689
(Median)
$63K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $107,312
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$16.49 - $58.72
(Median)
$16
$30
$59
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$63,483 - $150,689  
   
Bonus
$294.79 - $29,837  
Profit Sharing
$0.83 - $19,597  
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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$62,625 - $168,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,614
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.49 - $58.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $74.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$294.79 - $29,837  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.83 - $19,597  
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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$62,625 - $168,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) Director

The director of quality Assurance (QA) is normally a high-level management position within a company. Normally, technology companies or software manufacturers have quality assurance departments, but any manufacturer of consumer or commercial goods generally have a similar department and positions.

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Quality Assurance (QA) Director Tasks

  • Improve quality, ensure safety and reduce waste to increase profitability.
  • Hire, train, schedule and supervise quality assurance staff and managers.
  • Leads drive for quality and safety improvements in product specifications.
  • Develop and maintain quality control processes.
  • Work with other senior members of the organization in the design and development of new products.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) Director


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Quality Assurance Directors often transition into VP of Quality positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, VPs of Quality earn $149K per year. The most common promotion for Quality Assurance Directors is Software Quality Assurance Director, a position that typically pays $117K annually. Another standard transition for Quality Assurance Directors seeking advancement is to assume a Quality Management Director role, where pay is often $96K.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Director


Quality Assurance Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Six Sigma Black Belt, Total Quality Management, Project Management, and Quality Improvement / QA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Regulatory Compliance. It is often found that people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control are also skilled in Regulatory Compliance and Process Improvement. Most people who know Quality Improvement / QA also know Process Improvement and Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Director

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $74K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $97K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $118K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $128K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Quality Assurance Directors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 41 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+22 percent), Irvine (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+16 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent.

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries



National Average
$115,000



Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries





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National Average
$115,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 278 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%
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