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Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salary

An average Quality Assurance Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $53K annually. Total cash compensation to Quality Assurance Specialists varies from $31K to $76K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K each. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Women Quality Assurance Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,333 - $78,695
(Median)
$35K
$53K
$79K
MEDIAN: $53,474
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$13.03 - $27.68
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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
$35,333 - $78,695  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,907  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $6,182  
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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$31,228 - $75,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,681
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
$13.03 - $27.68  
   
Overtime
$18.88 - $41.28  
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 - $5,907  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $6,182  
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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$31,228 - $75,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 911

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Quality Assurance Specialists sometimes become Quality Assurance Directors, where the average income is $106K per year. Typical career progression for a Quality Assurance Specialist involves becoming a Quality Assurance Manager or a Quality Manager, roles that pay $19K more and $23K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


The Boeing Company offers the largest salaries in town ($72K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $49K to $133K.

Nosco Inc. offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary less than half of the top paying company's rate ($34K).

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


Quality Assurance Specialists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Performance Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word. Those educated in Quality Assurance / Quality Control tend to be well versed in 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $43K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Quality Assurance Specialists make a median salary of $59K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Quality Assurance Specialists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 47 percent. Quality Assurance Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+22 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (16 percent lower) and Milwaukee (13 percent lower).

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




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

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 477 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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