Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salary

Quality Assurance Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $54K per year. Cash earnings for Quality Assurance Specialists — including $8K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $32K to $79K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Quality Assurance Specialists. Quality Assurance Specialists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 63 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,085 - $81,757
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MEDIAN: $54,330
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,085 - $81,757  
   
Bonus
$593 - $8,290  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $10,000  
Commission
$3,100  
Total Pay (?
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$31,558 - $78,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,987
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.99 - $29.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.14  
Overtime
$18.65 - $42.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$593 - $8,290  
   
Commission
$3,100  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $10,000  
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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$31,558 - $78,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,158

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Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist

Quality assurance specialists work in a variety of fields, including manufacturing (in which this position mostly entails physical labor) and firms that provide a service, such as consulting (where QA specialists develop strategies and techniques to ensure that all clients receive a similar high level of quality and helpfulness). Regardless of the industry in which they work, QA specialists have a keen eye for detail and a strong understanding of their company's manufacturing or service processes.

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Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Tasks

  • Support quality related customer complaint investigations and trending activities.
  • Carry out annual product reviews.
  • Support the development and implementation of improved quality reporting measures.
  • Perform training in all aspects of Quality Management Systems.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


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While Quality Assurance Specialists do not often become Quality Assurance Directors, the job pays $110K per year on average. Career advancement for the typical Quality Assurance Specialist often leads to becoming a Quality Assurance Manager or a Quality Manager; median salaries in these positions are $20K higher and $24K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


The Boeing Company, Nosco Inc., Gilead Sciences, Inc., U.S. Department of Defense, and Amgen Corporation are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Quality Assurance Specialists. Amgen Corporation offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $83K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Gilead Sciences, Inc., The Boeing Company, and GlaxoSmithKline, where earnings of $82K, $79K, or $78K are standard for Quality Assurance Specialists.

Pay for Quality Assurance Specialists is the lowest at Nosco Inc., which has a median salary of $34K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $50K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc. ($49K), New York Organ Donor Network ($53K), and Amazon.com Inc ($53K).

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


Quality Assurance Specialists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in GMP Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, Internal Audit, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. A tool kit that includes Quality Improvement / QA also typically contains Data Analysis. Most people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Regulatory Compliance, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 1,699 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 907 salaries. An experienced Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 688 salaries. A Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 228 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,202

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Surpassing the national average by 49 percent, Quality Assurance Specialists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Quality Assurance Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+24 percent), Philadelphia (+23 percent), Minneapolis (+22 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 12 percent below the national average.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist?

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Garden Grove:
"Vast exposure to scientific methods."
Pros: I like that you are constantly learning about different scientific methods, instruments, compounds, and the ability to work with both project managers and lab managers.
Cons: I don't like that you are sitting most of the day staring at a screen.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Mankato:
"Interesting."
Pros: Working with people. Creating change. Impacting lives. Advocating. Training. Helping. Teaching. Flexibility. Own office. Mileage.
Cons: Long hours. Stressful. Long Drive. Negative.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Sumner:
"Making it right."
Pros: The ability to correct discrepancies and get product to the customer, despite challenges is rewarding.
Cons: Fighting old corporate culture and sticks in the mud resisting doing things a better way, where we all win.

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 490 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salaries

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National Average
$49,000

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Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 490 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 12%
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