Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. lures Quality Assurance Specialists with larger-than-average paychecks: Quality Assurance Specialists at this company make a median salary of $96K, much more than the $54K per year-national average for those in this area of work. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Amgen Corporation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline, top-paying firms where Quality Assurance Specialists rake in a $83K, $82K, or $80K, respectively. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,302 - $82,233
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$36K
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MEDIAN: $54,338
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$12.84 - $30.02
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,302 - $82,233  
   
Bonus
$521 - $8,432  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $9,696  
Commission
$3,250  
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$31,441 - $78,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,836
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.84 - $30.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.14  
Overtime
$17.93 - $43.89  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$521 - $8,432  
   
Commission
$3,250  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $9,696  
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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$31,441 - $78,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,012
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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.

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Quality Assurance Specialists who advance into the role of a Quality Assurance Director are fairly uncommon. Quality Assurance Directors on average earn $109K per year. When Quality Assurance Specialists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Quality Assurance Managers or Quality Managers. Those roles pay an additional $20K and $24K, respectively.

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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, facility with GMP Compliance and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. A tool kit that includes Quality Improvement / QA also typically contains Data Analysis. Those proficient in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are, more often than not, also skilled in Regulatory Compliance, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist

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For Quality Assurance Specialists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $44K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $55K. For Quality Assurance Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. Quality Assurance Specialists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,207

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Home to some of the best pay for Quality Assurance Specialists, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+24 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), Boston (+22 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Phoenix and St. Louis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Reviews

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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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 399 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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