Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salary
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
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
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).
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