Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salary

Median pay for Quality Assurance Specialists in the United States is around $54K annually. Total cash compensation to Quality Assurance Specialists bottoms out near $32K and approaches $77K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. The majority of Quality Assurance Specialists (60 percent) who took the survey are female. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction for Quality Assurance Specialists is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,052 - $79,797
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$36K
$54K
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MEDIAN: $53,944
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$13.09 - $28.33
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,052 - $79,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,937  
Profit Sharing
$246.13 - $6,411  
Commission
$4,913  
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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$31,688 - $77,283  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,048
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $28.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$19.65 - $43.08  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,937  
   
Commission
$4,913  
Profit Sharing
$246.13 - $6,411  
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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$31,688 - $77,283  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,072
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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 the development and implementation of improved quality reporting measures.
  • Perform training in all aspects of Quality Management Systems.
  • Support quality related customer complaint investigations and trending activities.
  • Carry out annual product reviews.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


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There are some Quality Assurance Specialists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Quality Assurance Directors, where earnings are an average $107K annually. Quality Assurance Specialists most often move into positions as Quality Assurance Managers or Quality Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $19K higher and $23K 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 Defense Contracts Management Agency are among the top companies that take on many Quality Assurance Specialists. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Amgen Corporation offers the most; Quality Assurance Specialists earn $87K on average there. Quality Assurance Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks at Gilead Sciences, Inc. ($82K), The Boeing Company ($76K), and Defense Contracts Management Agency ($69K).

Nosco Inc. reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $34K, 157 percent less than the top paying company. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Abbott Laboratories ($54K), U.S. Department of Defense ($65K), and Defense Contracts Management Agency ($69K).

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 Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, Auditing, and Quality Improvement / QA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Performance Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Regulatory Compliance, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $44K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $55K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Quality Assurance Specialists make a median salary of $60K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,310

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Assurance Specialists, 52 percent higher than the national average. Quality Assurance Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+29 percent), Minneapolis (+23 percent), Philadelphia (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (12 percent lower) and St. Louis (3 percent lower).

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Reviews

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

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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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salaries



Auditing
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Evaluation and Management Auditing
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Procedures
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$49,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 501 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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