Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. is a desirable employer for Quality Assurance Specialists where the median salary comes in around $96K, beating the field's national median of $54K annually. Other leaders in compensation levels are Amgen Corporation at $83K, Gilead Sciences, Inc. at $82K, and GlaxoSmithKline, where Quality Assurance Specialists annually earn $80K. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,534 - $81,937
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MEDIAN: $54,286
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$12.87 - $29.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,534 - $81,937  
   
Bonus
$603 - $8,407  
Profit Sharing
$710 - $9,744  
Commission
$1,500  
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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$31,384 - $78,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,911
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.87 - $29.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.14  
Overtime
$18.43 - $43.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$603 - $8,407  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$710 - $9,744  
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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$31,384 - $78,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,083

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Quality Assurance Specialists move into roles as Quality Assurance Directors, where pay is an average $109K per year. Quality Assurance Managers or Quality Managers are common next-step roles for Quality Assurance Specialists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Quality Assurance Managers is $20K higher on average, and it's $24K higher for Quality Managers.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


Survey results imply that Quality Assurance Specialists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in GMP Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, Internal Audit, and Quality Improvement / QA are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Those familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also tend to know Regulatory Compliance, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office. People who know Quality Improvement / QA usually also know Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Quality Assurance Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $44K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $55K. Quality Assurance Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $60K. Quality Assurance Specialists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,007

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For Quality Assurance Specialists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+23 percent), Boston (+22 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. On the whole, employers pay 2 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Phoenix and St. Louis.

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
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 432 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




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 432 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

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: 68%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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