Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salary

Average pay for a Quality Assurance Director in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $113K per year. Total cash compensation for Quality Assurance Directors runs from $65K to $173K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $31K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Work is enjoyable for Quality Assurance Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Quality Assurance Directors (61 percent) survey respondents are men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$66,068 - $155,054
$66K
$110K
$160K
MEDIAN: $112,971
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$14.51 - $68.13
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MEDIAN: $30.83
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$66,068 - $155,054  
   
Bonus
$1,519 - $30,935  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,306  
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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$65,127 - $172,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,475
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.51 - $68.13  
   
Overtime
$6.75 - $54.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,519 - $30,935  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,306  
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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$65,127 - $172,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54

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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

  • Develop and maintain quality control processes.
  • Work with other senior members of the organization in the design and development of new products.
  • Leads drive for quality and safety improvements in product specifications.
  • Improve quality, ensure safety and reduce waste to increase profitability.
  • Hire, train, schedule and supervise quality assurance staff and managers.

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 $153K per year. A Quality Assurance Director often moves on to become a Software Quality Assurance Director or a Quality Management Director.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Director


Quality Assurance Directors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, Six Sigma Black Belt, Total Quality Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. Those listing Problem Solving as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Internal Audit and ISO 9000 also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also tend to 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.


Quality Assurance Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $79K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary 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 $124K. Quality Assurance Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $128K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $117,323

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Quality Assurance Directors, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than the national average. Quality Assurance Directors will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+25 percent), Boston (+24 percent), Detroit (+17 percent), and San Diego (+16 percent). Compared to the national average, Charlotte Quality Assurance Directors have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Director

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 176 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
39%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries

▲9%

▲6%

National Average
$117,000

▼20%

▼33%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries

Test Automation
▲18%



▲3%



National Average
$117,000




▼7%

Training
▼24%

Data Analysis
▼26%

ISO 9000
▼33%

Internal Audit
▼35%

Problem Solving
▼41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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