Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salary

An average Quality Assurance Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $54K per year. Cash earnings of Quality Assurance Specialists can occasionally include $6K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $31K to almost $76K. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. For the most part, Quality Assurance Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,651 - $78,857

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$13.00 - $27.66

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,651 - $78,857  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,121  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $6,153  
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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$31,372 - $76,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,717
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $27.66  
   
Overtime
$19.21 - $41.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,121  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $6,153  
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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$31,372 - $76,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 930
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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 $105K per year. Quality Assurance Specialists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Quality Assurance Managers or Quality Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $19K higher and $23K higher, 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.

Quality Assurance Specialists will find the worst pay at Nosco Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $34K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $50K, leaving little room for growth.

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 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. The majority of those who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $44K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $54K. Quality Assurance Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $59K. Quality Assurance Specialists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Assurance Specialists, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Quality Assurance Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+25 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Philadelphia (+18 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix (16 percent lower) and Milwaukee (14 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
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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 458 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

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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