Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salary

Median pay for Quality Assurance Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $54K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $6K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $31K and hits $76K on the high end. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Most Quality Assurance Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,551 - $78,862
(Median)
$36K
$54K
$79K
MEDIAN: $53,611
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$12.99 - $27.73
(Median)
$13
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,551 - $78,862  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,126  
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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$31,336 - $76,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,706
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.99 - $27.73  
   
Overtime
$19.00 - $41.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,126  
   
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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$31,336 - $76,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 922
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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 it's uncommon, some Quality Assurance Specialists move into roles as Quality Assurance Directors, where pay is an average $105K per year. Quality Assurance Specialists typically move into roles as Quality Assurance Managers or Quality Managers, and those positions pay $19K more and $23K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


Those at U.S. Department of Defense can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $73K.

Considering that the median salary at Nosco Inc. is a shallow $34K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


Quality Assurance Specialists seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Performance Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word. 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 many Quality Assurance Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $44K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $54K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $59K in this role. Quality Assurance Specialists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $60K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Assurance Specialists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+24 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+16 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Milwaukee (16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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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Procedures
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Internal Audit
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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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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 462 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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