Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salary

Generous salaries abound for Quality Assurance Directors in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($109K) per year. Final cash compensation to Quality Assurance Directors varies from around $64K to approximately $171K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $31K and $20K, respectively. Location 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. Men make up the majority of Quality Assurance Directors (64 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Quality Assurance Directors. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$64,691 - $152,100
(Median)
$65K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $109,307
10%
50%
90%

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$15.67 - $60.31
(Median)
$16
$28
$60
MEDIAN: $27.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$64,691 - $152,100  
   
Bonus
$-0.34 - $30,529  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,661  
Commission
$2,500  
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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$63,594 - $170,669  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,840
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$15.67 - $60.31  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $72.72  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$-0.34 - $30,529  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,661  
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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$63,594 - $170,669  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as VP of Quality, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $150K per year. More often than not, a Software Quality Assurance Director role is the next step for Quality Assurance Directors moving up in the field. Software Quality Assurance Directors usually make $118K per year. Many other Quality Assurance Directors choose to take on a Quality Management Director role, where salaries are typically $97K.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Director


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 14 percent. Those listing Internal Audit and Regulatory Compliance as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those who know Quality Improvement / QA also know Process Improvement and Regulatory Compliance. Most people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $73K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $97K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $120K. Quality Assurance Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $128K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $115,698

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Quality Assurance Directors, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. Quality Assurance Directors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+22 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), Detroit (+20 percent), and Philadelphia (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 9 percent below the national average. Employers in Cleveland and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries



National Average
$116,000



Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries


Test Automation
up arrow 11%


Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Leadership
up arrow 4%

Process Improvement
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$116,000


Internal Audit
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 267 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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