Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salary

For Quality Assurance Technicians, hourly average wages total $16.08 per hour. Total incomes of Quality Assurance Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $27K and $53K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the company and years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Quality Assurance Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male Quality Assurance Technicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,571 - $58,104
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$31K
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$58K
MEDIAN: $40,910
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$11.88 - $22.24
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,571 - $58,104  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,827  
Profit Sharing
$2.60 - $5,057  
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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$26,867 - $52,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 601
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $22.24  
   
Overtime
$16.87 - $33.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,827  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.60 - $5,057  
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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$26,867 - $52,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,054
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Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician

  • Review and approve documents related to Quality Assurance investigations.
  • Review and approve SOPs, work instructions, forms and validation plans from other departments on behalf of Quality Assurance.
  • Develop and implement processes, procedures, forms, work instructions and tools to monitor and improve Quality Assurance processes.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician


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Quality Assurance Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Quality Manager. The average Quality Manager brings home $73K per year. When Quality Assurance Technicians are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Quality Assurance Managers or Quality Assurance Specialists. Those roles pay an additional $31K and $11K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician


Offering a median salary of only $34K, Tyson Foods, Inc. pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $22K to $53K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician


Survey takers working as Quality Assurance Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting, Cmm, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 10 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Entry. Most people familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Quality Improvement / QA, Auditing, and Data Analysis. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician

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


For Quality Assurance Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $34K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $39K. Quality Assurance Technicians see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $44K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,024

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Quality Assurance Technicians in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+11 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Portland (+9 percent), and Richmond (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 6 percent south of the national average, can be found in Columbus. Employers in Chicago and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (2 percent less).

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Quality Assurance (QA) Technician?

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in St. Marys:
"Stressful, often make people upset...rules change often."
Pros: People are great. I feel needed.no downtime!
Cons: No recognition... Long hours...alot of stress.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Morris:
"Interesting and challenging learning constantly."
Pros: Learning new things everyday. Interacting with different people.
Cons: The limited opportunity for growth of salary but constant addition of responsibility.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Clinton:
"QA."
Pros: Requires good time management, physical agility, creative problem solving, prompt decision making, and knowledge of the product.
Cons: Repetitive tasks, 6 or 7 day workweeks, sometimes 12 hour shifts,

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 22%

Cmm
up arrow 10%


Auditing
up arrow 3%

Blueprints
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 2%

Document Management
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Precision Measurement
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$37,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 465 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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