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Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salary

Quality Assurance Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $53K per year. Total cash compensation to Quality Assurance Specialists ranges from $31K on the lower end to $77K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. For the most part, Quality Assurance Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$35,296 - $79,257
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MEDIAN: $53,129
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,296 - $79,257  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,712  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $5,920  
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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$31,267 - $76,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,614
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.95 - $26.93  
   
Overtime
$18.87 - $41.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,712  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $5,920  
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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$31,267 - $76,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 844
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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 $104K per year. The most common promotion for Quality Assurance Specialists is Quality Assurance Manager, a position that typically pays $68K annually. Another standard transition for Quality Assurance Specialists seeking advancement is to assume a Quality Assurance Auditor role, where pay is often $46K.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


Quality Assurance Specialists seem to exploit a large range of skills 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 6 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Most people 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $43K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $54K. For Quality Assurance Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary 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 $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Quality Assurance Specialists in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+20 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), and New York (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Milwaukee, which sits 13 percent below the national average.

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




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Quality Improvement / QA
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National Average
$49,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 546 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 11%