Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salary

Pay for Quality Assurance Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $16.05 per hour. Cash earnings for Quality Assurance Technicians — including $3K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $27K to $53K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men working as Quality Assurance Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,337 - $58,161
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$30K
$40K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,494
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$11.86 - $21.92
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,337 - $58,161  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,899  
Profit Sharing
$147.95 - $4,949  
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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$26,835 - $52,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 529
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $21.92  
   
Overtime
$16.73 - $33.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,899  
   
Profit Sharing
$147.95 - $4,949  
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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$26,835 - $52,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,759
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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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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 $72K per year. Typical career progression for a Quality Assurance Technician involves becoming a Quality Assurance Manager or a Quality Control Engineer, roles that pay $31K more and $22K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician


Quality Assurance Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting, Technical Analysis, and Auditing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Entry. It is often found that people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control are also skilled in Quality Improvement / QA, Auditing, and Data Analysis. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $39K. For Quality Assurance Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $43K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Assurance Technicians, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+9 percent), Cleveland (+9 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and Milwaukee (+8 percent). In Columbus, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Clinton:
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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 23%


Auditing
up arrow 4%

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%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Precision Measurement
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$37,000

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 419 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 15%
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