Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salary

Average pay for Quality Assurance Directors in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($107K). Total incomes of Quality Assurance Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $30K from bonuses and close to $15K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $63K and $167K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Quality Assurance Directors who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 63 percent. For the most part, Quality Assurance Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$63,691 - $150,349

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$16.49 - $61.93

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$63,691 - $150,349  
   
Bonus
$15.59 - $29,739  
Profit Sharing
$0.42 - $15,319  
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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$62,815 - $167,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,617
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.49 - $61.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $73.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$15.59 - $29,739  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.42 - $15,319  
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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$62,815 - $167,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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. 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 $117K. Another frequent advance is for Quality Assurance Directors to assume a Quality Management Director role; in this role, workers often earn $97K.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Director


Survey results show that Quality Assurance Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Six Sigma Black Belt, Test Automation, Total Quality Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Regulatory Compliance. Skill sets containing Quality Improvement / QA also tend to include Process Improvement and Regulatory Compliance. 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $73K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $96K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $118K. Quality Assurance Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $127K.

Pay Difference by Location


Quality Assurance Directors will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 43 percent. Quality Assurance Directors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+16 percent), New York (+12 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 9 percent below the national average.

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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 265 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
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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