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Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salary

Median pay for Quality Assurance Specialists in the United States is around $54K per year. The range in cash compensation to Quality Assurance Specialists ($31K to $77K) includes potential earnings of $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Quality Assurance Specialists (59 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Quality Assurance Specialists is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,203 - $79,298
(Median)
$35K
$54K
$79K
MEDIAN: $53,654
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$13.12 - $27.65
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$13
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,203 - $79,298  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,939  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $5,896  
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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$31,265 - $76,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,653
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.12 - $27.65  
   
Overtime
$18.99 - $41.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,939  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $5,896  
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).
)
$31,265 - $76,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 882

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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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Quality Assurance Specialists sometimes assume positions such as Quality Assurance Directors. That role pays $105K per year on average. A Quality Assurance Manager role is the most common promotion for Quality Assurance Specialists moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $68K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Quality Assurance Specialists is a Quality Assurance Auditor position, where earnings are usually $47K.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


U.S. Department of Defense leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $70K.

Nosco Inc. reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $34K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


Survey results imply that Quality Assurance Specialists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, Auditing, and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Performance Analysis, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Those familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also tend to 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.


For Quality Assurance Specialists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $43K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $54K. Quality Assurance Specialists bring in $59K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Quality Assurance Specialists that is 38 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Quality Assurance Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+25 percent), Minneapolis (+22 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Austin and 14 percent less in Milwaukee, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Reviews

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

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




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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 515 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%