Quality Assurance Directors in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $113K per year on average. 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 tenure 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 a fair number. Male Quality Assurance Directors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 63 percent of professionals. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$66,247 - $154,646
(Median)
$66K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $113,043
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$14.62 - $67.80
(Median)
$15
$29
$68
MEDIAN: $29.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$66,247 - $154,646  
   
Bonus
$1,516 - $31,173  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,171  
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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$65,326 - $172,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,451
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.62 - $67.80  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,516 - $31,173  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,171  
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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$65,326 - $172,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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 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 may also move into a role as a Software Quality Assurance Director or a Quality Management Director.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Director


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 7 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Customer Relationship Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Internal Audit and ISO 9000 also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control indicates knowledge of 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $96K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $78K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $125K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $129K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $118,194

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

For Quality Assurance Directors, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Quality Assurance Directors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+27 percent), St. Louis (+24 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), and Detroit (+16 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries



National Average
$118,000



Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Director Salaries

Test Automation
up arrow 17%



Leadership
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 1%

Process Improvement
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National Average
$118,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%


Auditing
up arrow 7%

Data Analysis
up arrow 27%

ISO 9000
up arrow 33%

Internal Audit
up arrow 36%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

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: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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