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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 $106K per year on average. In the world of Quality Assurance Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $61K and $167K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $29K and $20K, respectively. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Quality Assurance Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Male Quality Assurance Directors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 64 percent of professionals. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$62,529 - $149,451
(Median)
$63K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $106,166
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$15.20 - $51.52
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$15
$29
$52
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$62,529 - $149,451  
   
Bonus
$608 - $29,382  
Profit Sharing
$0.64 - $19,634  
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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$61,376 - $166,929  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,570
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$15.20 - $51.52  
   
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
$608 - $29,382  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.64 - $19,634  
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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$61,376 - $166,929  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | 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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Quality Assurance Directors who move on to become VPs of Quality may enjoy significant pay raises, as VPs of Quality get paid an average 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.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Director


Survey results suggest that Quality Assurance Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 8 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Regulatory Compliance. A tool kit that includes Quality Improvement / QA also typically contains Process Improvement and Regulatory Compliance. Those proficient in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $72K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $96K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $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


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Assurance Directors, 40 percent higher than the national average. Quality Assurance Directors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+23 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), New York (+12 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver.

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries



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$114,000



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 311 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

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: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 8%