Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salary

Quality Assurance Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $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 company, followed by geography and tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Quality Assurance Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women account for the majority of Quality Assurance Specialists who responded to the questionnaire — 60 percent to be exact. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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 (?
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$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. A common career progression for a Quality Assurance Specialist is to become a Quality Assurance Manager or a Quality Manager. Compared to Quality Assurance Specialists, the first group earns $19K more on average, and the second group earns $23K more.

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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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Quality Assurance Specialists. Amgen Corporation offers the largest salaries in town — $87K on average. Quality Assurance Specialists will also find cushy salaries at Gilead Sciences, Inc. (+$82K), The Boeing Company (+$76K), and Defense Contracts Management Agency (+$69K).

With a median salary of $34K, Nosco Inc. provides Quality Assurance Specialists with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $50K, limiting employee salary growth. Workers at Abbott Laboratories, U.S. Department of Defense, and Defense Contracts Management Agency also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $54K, $65K, and $69K respectively.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Performance Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. For most people, competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control indicates knowledge of 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Quality Assurance Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. Quality Assurance Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Quality Assurance Specialists, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 52 percent above 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). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Austin and St. Louis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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Evaluation and Management Auditing
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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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