Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salary

The average Quality Assurance Specialist in the United States earns approximately $54K per year. With some bonuses approaching $9K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Quality Assurance Specialists spread between $31K and $79K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and years of experience. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Quality Assurance Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the majority of Quality Assurance Specialists (62 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,850 - $82,137
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$54K
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MEDIAN: $54,402
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$12.84 - $30.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,850 - $82,137  
   
Bonus
$612 - $8,548  
Profit Sharing
$715 - $9,696  
Commission
$3,100  
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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$31,314 - $78,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,870
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.84 - $30.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.14  
Overtime
$18.74 - $42.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$612 - $8,548  
   
Commission
$3,100  
Profit Sharing
$715 - $9,696  
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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$31,314 - $78,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,074
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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 $110K per year. Quality Assurance Specialists typically move into roles as Quality Assurance Managers or Quality Managers, and those positions pay $20K more and $24K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


Dominating the field, The Boeing Company, Nosco Inc., Gilead Sciences, Inc., U.S. Department of Defense, and Amgen Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Quality Assurance Specialists. For Quality Assurance Specialists, comfortable salaries can be found at Amgen Corporation; in fact, median earnings sit around $83K, the highest in the area. Soaring salaries can also be found at Gilead Sciences, Inc., The Boeing Company, and GlaxoSmithKline, where earnings of $82K, $79K, or $78K are standard for Quality Assurance Specialists.

Employees at Nosco Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $34K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $32K and quickly nearing the top at only $50K. Also approaching the lower end are Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc. at $49K, New York Organ Donor Network at $53K, and Amazon.com Inc at $53K.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


Quality Assurance Specialists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in GMP Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, Internal Audit, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Regulatory Compliance, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Quality Improvement / QA are similarly competent in Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Quality Assurance Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $44K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $55K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Quality Assurance Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $60K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,145

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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 (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+23 percent), Minneapolis (+22 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist?

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Garden Grove:
`"$Vast exposure to scientific methods."`
Pros: I like that you are constantly learning about different scientific methods, instruments, compounds, and the ability to work with both project managers and lab managers.
Cons: I don't like that you are sitting most of the day staring at a screen.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Mankato:
`"$Interesting."`
Pros: Working with people. Creating change. Impacting lives. Advocating. Training. Helping. Teaching. Flexibility. Own office. Mileage.
Cons: Long hours. Stressful. Long Drive. Negative.

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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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 442 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salaries

▲23%

▲22%

▲13%

National Average
$49,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 442 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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