The average Quality Assurance Technician in the United States earns approximately $16.35 per hour. Total incomes of Quality Assurance Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $4K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $27K and $53K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Quality Assurance Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$31,142 - $59,292
$31K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,314
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$12.18 - $22.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,142 - $59,292  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,017  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,363  
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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$27,467 - $52,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $22.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11  
Overtime
$17.04 - $33.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,017  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,363  
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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$27,467 - $52,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,631

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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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Quality Assurance Technicians who transition into a Quality Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $73K per year. Quality Assurance Technicians most often move into positions as Quality Assurance Managers or Quality Assurance Specialists; those groups report median salaries that are $32K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Quality Assurance Technicians flock to Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $43K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 21 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Entry. Most people skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are similarly competent in Quality Improvement / QA, Data Analysis, and Auditing. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $39K. Quality Assurance Technicians see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $43K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,398

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

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Quality Assurance Technicians, 36 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+16 percent), Charlotte (+15 percent), St. Louis (+12 percent), and Richmond (+7 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Milwaukee (4 percent less) and Chicago (3 percent less).

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 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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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 301 votes.
049
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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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
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Safety Compliance
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National Average
$37,000




Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 301 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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