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Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salary

Quality Assurance Directors receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $112K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash earnings of Quality Assurance Directors range from $60K on the low end to $165K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $29K and $20K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Male Quality Assurance Directors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 63 percent of professionals. For the most part, Quality Assurance Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Salary
$61,236 - $147,845  
   
Bonus
$309.13 - $28,789  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $19,747  
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$60,149 - $164,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,498
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$15.91 - $50.59  
   
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$0.00 - $72.72  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$309.13 - $28,789  
   
Profit Sharing
$515 - $19,747  
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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$60,149 - $164,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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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More often than not, Quality Assurance Directors take top-notch roles like VP of Quality. Pay for that position is $148K annually on average. The most common career progression for Quality Assurance Directors leads to becoming a Software Quality Assurance Director, where average pay is $116K annually. However, many Quality Assurance Directors also opt to become Quality Management Directors. Typically, a Quality Management Director brings home $95K.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Director


Quality Assurance Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Six Sigma Black Belt, Total Quality Management (TQM), and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 12 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Regulatory Compliance. Most people familiar with 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $71K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $94K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $117K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $125K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Quality Assurance Directors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Directors will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+28 percent), Seattle (+26 percent), Boston (+23 percent), and Philadelphia (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries



National Average
$112,000



Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries





Process Improvement
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National Average
$112,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 327 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%