Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salary (United States)

Wages for Quality Assurance (QA) Directors in the United States are plentiful, with average pay above six figures ($108,565) per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salary (?
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$60,281 - $146,961
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MEDIAN: $102,399
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Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salary (?
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$16.15 - $50.25
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$60,281 - $146,961  
   
Bonus
$300.67 - $27,073  
Profit Sharing
$900 - $19,574  
Total Pay (?
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$59,185 - $163,106  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,453
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$16.15 - $50.25  
   
Overtime
$5.13 - $64.50  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$300.67 - $27,073  
   
Profit Sharing
$900 - $19,574  
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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$59,185 - $163,106  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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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For Quality Assurance (QA) Directors, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. Usually, an upper-level role like a Quality VP will earn an extra $38K annually than those further down the career ladder. Going from Quality Assurance (QA) Director to Computer Software QA Director is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are bigger by $7,558. Many others choose to work as Quality Management (QM) Directors, where pay actually goes down by $14,018.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Director

Quality Assurance (QA) Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Six Sigma Black Belt, Total Quality Management (TQM), and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 13 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Regulatory Compliance and Process Improvement.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Director

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For Quality Assurance (QA) Directors, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Beginning workers can expect to earn $71K starting out, which grows to $100K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, workers enjoy a boost in pay; earnings increase to six figures, hovering around $114K. Salary increase slows as Quality Assurance (QA) Directors pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $124K. The majority of Quality Assurance (QA) Directors have only 10 to 20 years of practice in the field. Workers with more than 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with one to 10 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Boston
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National Average
$109,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Quality Assurance (QA) Directors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 38 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like San Jose, Boston, New York, and San Diego, top-paying markets where Quality Assurance (QA) Directors rake in more than the national norm (+32 percent, +24 percent, +14 percent, and +14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 15 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (-4 percent) and Atlanta (-4 percent).

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries

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$109,000

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries

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$109,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
38%
female alumni
 
Male
62%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%
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