Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salary

Salaries for Quality Assurance Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($107K) per year. In the world of Quality Assurance Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $63K and $167K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $30K and $16K, respectively. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Men account for the majority of Quality Assurance Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$63,504 - $150,317
(Median)
$64K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $106,798
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$16.45 - $59.18
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$16
$29
$59
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$63,504 - $150,317  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $29,534  
Profit Sharing
$0.64 - $15,586  
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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$62,635 - $167,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,606
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.45 - $59.18  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $73.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$198.66 - $29,534  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.64 - $15,586  
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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$62,635 - $167,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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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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. The most common career progression for Quality Assurance Directors leads to becoming a Software Quality Assurance Director, where average pay is $117K annually. However, many Quality Assurance Directors also opt to become Quality Management Directors. Typically, a Quality Management Director brings home $97K.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Director


Quality Assurance Directors report using a wide range of professional 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 5 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Regulatory Compliance. Those familiar with Quality Improvement / QA tend to be well versed in Process Improvement and Regulatory Compliance. Those familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also tend to 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Quality Assurance Directors. The average beginner in this position makes around $73K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $96K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $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 $128K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Assurance Directors, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Quality Assurance Directors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+16 percent), New York (+12 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). In Denver, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland and Dallas (1 percent lower).

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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 271 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
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: 9%
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