Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salary (United States)

Average pay for a Quality Assurance (QA) Director in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $108,565 per year. Cash earnings—which sometimes include up to $27K from bonuses and more than $19,574 from profit sharing—stretch from around $60,281 to approximately $146,961. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, Quality Assurance (QA) Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salary (?
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$60,281 - $146,961
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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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Oftentimes, Quality Assurance (QA) Directors' salaries rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Quality VP usually get paid an extra $38K per year. 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

Survey results suggest that Quality Assurance (QA) Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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 who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Regulatory Compliance and Process Improvement.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Director

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Quality Assurance (QA) Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $71K to $100K. After one to two decades on the job, workers bring in a six-figure salary around $114K. After two decades on the job, Quality Assurance (QA) Directors see salary growth dwindle, averaging $124K. Quality Assurance (QA) Directors with 10 to 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with more than 20 years and one to 10 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Boston
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National Average
$109,000
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Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Quality Assurance (QA) Directors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Other big spenders include San Jose, Boston, New York, and San Diego, top-paying cities where Quality Assurance (QA) Directors see paychecks higher than average (+32 percent, +24 percent, +14 percent, and +14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Employers pay around -4 percent in Denver and -4 percent in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries

National Average
$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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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 357 votes.

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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