Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salary

Quality Assurance Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $54K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $6K, total cash payment to Quality Assurance Specialists can bottom out at $31K or peak near $76K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,474 - $78,935
(Median)
$35K
$54K
$79K
MEDIAN: $53,617
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$13.01 - $27.84
(Median)
$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
$35,474 - $78,935  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,078  
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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$31,295 - $76,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,697
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.01 - $27.84  
   
Overtime
$18.95 - $41.20  
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 - $6,078  
   
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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$31,295 - $76,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 920
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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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While Quality Assurance Specialists do not often become Quality Assurance Directors, the job pays $105K per year on average. 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 $19K and $23K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


Quality Assurance Specialists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at U.S. Department of Defense, where the average salary comes to $73K.

Nosco Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $34K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $50K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


Survey takers working as Quality Assurance Specialists report using a large range of professional skills. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Performance Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word. Those proficient in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Quality Assurance Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $44K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $54K. Quality Assurance Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $59K. Quality Assurance Specialists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 54 percent, Quality Assurance Specialists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Quality Assurance Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+24 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+16 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Employers in Phoenix and Milwaukee also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 1%

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 467 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
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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