Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salary
|Salary||$37,537 - $83,260|
|Bonus||$589 - $8,148|
|Profit Sharing||$705 - $9,787|
|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).)
|$31,766 - $79,961|
|Hourly Rate||$13.08 - $29.97|
|Overtime||$18.94 - $43.15|
|Bonus||$589 - $8,148|
|Profit Sharing||$705 - $9,787|
|Total Pay (||$31,766 - $79,961|
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.Read More...
QA specialists work closely with members of other branches of the company and at times will report to the board of directors or executives. In communications with these individuals, the QA specialists develop reports documenting any problems or future issues in the quality of products and create a plan of action regarding how to combat and/or address these difficulties.
The requirements to become a QA specialist vary by company but do include base skills and education. For instance, most companies will require a bachelor’s degree in a business related field, such as management or finance. In addition, a company may ask the individual have experience in their field prior to their hiring, so that the applicant is already familiar with production techniques of the industry, etc. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Tasks
- Support quality related customer complaint investigations and trending activities.
- Carry out annual product reviews.
- Support the development and implementation of improved quality reporting measures.
- Perform training in all aspects of Quality Management Systems.
Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist
There are some Quality Assurance Specialists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Quality Assurance Directors, where earnings are an average $110K annually. Typical career progression for a Quality Assurance Specialist involves becoming a Quality Assurance Manager or a Quality Manager, roles that pay $20K more and $24K more on average.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist
The Boeing Company, Nosco Inc., Gilead Sciences, Inc., U.S. Department of Defense, and Amgen Corporation are all popular places to work. Quality Assurance Specialists flock to Amgen Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $83K lead the pack in compensation. 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.
The lowest salaries can be found at Nosco Inc. — median pay is $34K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $32K and only reaching $50K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc. at $49K, New York Organ Donor Network at $53K, and Amazon.com Inc, where $53K is the norm.
Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist
Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in GMP Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, Internal Audit, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Regulatory Compliance, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Quality Improvement / QA also know Data Analysis.
Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist
Pay by Experience for a Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 1,699 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 907 salaries. An experienced Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 688 salaries. A Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 228 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 47 percent, Quality Assurance Specialists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Quality Assurance Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+23 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), Minneapolis (+21 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 13 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (2 percent lower) and Dallas (1 percent lower).
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