What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salary

Average pay for a Quality Assurance Director in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $106K per year. In the world of Quality Assurance Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $19K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $62K and $168K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Quality Assurance Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Quality Assurance Directors (64 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Read More
$62,549 - $150,146
(Median)
$63K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $106,310
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$16.54 - $51.35
(Median)
$17
$29
$51
MEDIAN: $29.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$62,549 - $150,146  
   
Bonus
$513 - $29,678  
Profit Sharing
$0.74 - $19,426  
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).
)
$61,682 - $167,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,594
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.54 - $51.35  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $74.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$513 - $29,678  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.74 - $19,426  
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).
)
$61,682 - $167,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


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 $149K per year. As Quality Assurance Directors progress in their field, many go on to become Software Quality Assurance Directors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $117K per year. Another common career choice for Quality Assurance Directors is to move into a Quality Management Director role. Typically, Quality Management Directors get paid $96K.

Quality Assurance (QA) Director Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

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, Total Quality Management, Project Management, and Quality Improvement / QA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Regulatory Compliance. For most people, competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control indicates knowledge of Regulatory Compliance and Process Improvement. A tool kit that includes Quality Improvement / QA also typically contains Process Improvement and Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $73K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $96K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $118K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $127K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Assurance Directors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+22 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), New York (+12 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries



National Average
$114,000



Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries





Process Improvement
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

National Average
$114,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 299 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%
ADVERTISEMENT