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Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salary (United States)

Quality Assurance Directors in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $109K per year. Overall cash earnings for Quality Assurance Directors stretch from $59K on the lower end to $163K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $27K from bonuses and $20K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a solid majority earn dental coverage. Most Quality Assurance Directors (62 percent) are men. Most Quality Assurance Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took 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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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  
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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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,453
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$16.15 - $50.25  
   
Overtime
$5.13 - $64.50  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
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$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  
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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As Quality Assurance Directors make advancements in their career path to roles like VP of Quality, salaries often climb aggressively. Typically, VP of Quality will make $146K annually. Becoming a Software Quality Assurance Director is, more often than not, the most common role that Quality Assurance Directors move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $116K. Another frequent advance is for Quality Assurance Directors to assume a Quality Management Director role; in this role, workers often earn $95K.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Director

Quality Assurance Directors report using a wide range 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. For most people, competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control indicates knowledge of Regulatory Compliance and Process Improvement.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Quality Assurance Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $71K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $93K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $114K on average. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $124K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. Quality Assurance 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.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$109,000
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For those looking to make money, Quality Assurance Directors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. San Jose, Boston, New York, and San Diego also offer top salaries for Quality Assurance Directors. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 32 percent, 24 percent, 14 percent, and 14 percent more, respectively. Austin is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Denver and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 4 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries

National Average
$109,000

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average
$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%