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Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salary

Quality Assurance Directors in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $107K per year on average. Cash earnings for Quality Assurance Directors — which occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $19K from profit sharing — stretch from around $62K to approximately $168K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. More than half of Quality Assurance Directors (64 percent) survey respondents are men. For the most part, Quality Assurance Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$62,819 - $150,256
(Median)
$63K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $106,661
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$16.59 - $59.98
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$17
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$62,819 - $150,256  
   
Bonus
$400.00 - $29,719  
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).
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$61,981 - $167,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,610
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.59 - $59.98  
   
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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$400.00 - $29,719  
   
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).
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$61,981 - $167,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49

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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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Advancing into a VP of Quality role seems to be a popular career move for Quality Assurance Directors, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $149K per year. A Software Quality Assurance Director role is the most common promotion for Quality Assurance Directors moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $117K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Quality Assurance Directors is a Quality Management Director position, where earnings are usually $96K.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Director


Quality Assurance Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Regulatory Compliance. Most people skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are similarly competent in Regulatory Compliance and Process Improvement. People who know Quality Improvement / QA usually also know 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $73K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $96K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $118K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $128K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Assurance Directors, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 43 percent greater than the national average. Quality Assurance Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+24 percent), Boston (+22 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent.

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries



National Average
$114,000



Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries





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$114,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 295 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%
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