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Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salary

An average Quality Assurance Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $54K per year. Overall cash earnings of Quality Assurance Specialists stretch from $31K near the bottom to $77K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,272 - $79,200
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$35K
$54K
$79K
MEDIAN: $53,640
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$13.07 - $27.71
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$13
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$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
$35,272 - $79,200  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,942  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $5,980  
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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$31,261 - $76,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,678
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.07 - $27.71  
   
Overtime
$19.18 - $41.76  
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 - $5,942  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $5,980  
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).
)
$31,261 - $76,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 897

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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 do not often transition into Quality Assurance Director roles. The role averages $105K per year. More often than not, a Quality Assurance Manager role is the next step for Quality Assurance Specialists moving up in the field. Quality Assurance Managers usually make $68K per year. Many other Quality Assurance Specialists choose to take on a Quality Assurance Auditor role, where salaries are typically $46K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


Quality Assurance Specialists flock to The Boeing Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $71K lead the pack in compensation; however, The Boeing Company also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $49K at one end to $133K at the other end.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Nosco Inc. — the median salary comes to just $34K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, Auditing, and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $43K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $54K. Quality Assurance Specialists bring in $59K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Assurance Specialists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+25 percent), Minneapolis (+22 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 17 percent below the national average. 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



Auditing
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Procedures
up arrow 3%

Internal Audit
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Evaluation and Management Auditing
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National Average
$49,000

Data Analysis
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Training
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 498 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
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%
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