Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salary

Quality Assurance Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $16.41 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings for Quality Assurance Technicians stretch from $28K on the lower end to $53K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Quality Assurance Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Quality Assurance Technicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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MEDIAN: $41,542
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$0$59K
Salary $32,170 - $59,113
Bonus $0.00 - $3,083
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,055
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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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$27,568 - $52,634
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 425
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.27 - $22.32
Hourly Tips $0.11
Overtime $17.37 - $33.43
Annual Data $0$52K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,083
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,055
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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$27,568 - $52,634
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,616

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Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician

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

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician


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At the upper end, Quality Assurance Technicians who move into a Quality Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Quality Managers is a much higher $73K per year. A common career progression for a Quality Assurance Technician is to become a Quality Assurance Manager or a Quality Assurance Specialist. Compared to Quality Assurance Technicians, the first group earns $32K more on average, and the second group earns $11K more.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician


For Quality Assurance Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.; in fact, median earnings sit around $43K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician


Quality Assurance Technicians seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting, Technical Analysis, and Internal Audit are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 8 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Entry. A tool kit that includes Quality Assurance / Quality Control also typically contains Quality Improvement / QA, Data Analysis, and Auditing. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician

Pay by Experience for a Quality Assurance (QA) Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Assurance (QA) Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 1,296 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Assurance (QA) Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 498 salaries. An experienced Quality Assurance (QA) Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 371 salaries. A Quality Assurance (QA) Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 166 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,645

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

Quality Assurance Technicians will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. Quality Assurance Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+17 percent), Charlotte (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and St. Louis (+10 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cleveland (6 percent lower) and Milwaukee (4 percent lower).

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Reviews

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

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Chicago:
"Quality is life."
Pros: Part of making good quality parts. Ensuring that the company keeps its production to high standards.
Cons: How long it takes to correct a problem in quality.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Melbourne:
"QAT."
Pros: I enjoy working with a wide variety of people on a daily basis. I like going home feeling like I've made a positive difference in the days of my coworkers.
Cons: This job can be tiring and stressful. People aren't always great with change and constructive criticism.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Virginia Beach:
"Great New Job."
Pros: The People and the Environment are excellent.
Cons: I haven't found anything I don't like yet.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Paris:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Ability to help and resolve issues or problems that arise. Teamwork.
Cons: People on your own team saying bad things or degrading you behind your back.

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 Minneapolis:
"Designing, training, and implementing QA procedures."
Pros:
Cons:

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.

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 368 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salaries

▲14%

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$38,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
▲20%



▲3%


▲2%



Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼0%


National Average
$38,000

Microsoft Word
▼1%

Safety Compliance
▼1%



Data Entry
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 368 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 14%
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