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Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salary (United States)

Quality Assurance Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.90 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Quality Assurance Technicians spread between $26K and $53K depending on individual performance. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salary (?
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$30,242 - $57,482
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MEDIAN: $40,168
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Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salary (?
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$11.67 - $21.54
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,242 - $57,482  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,897  
Profit Sharing
$196.78 - $4,701  
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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$26,429 - $52,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 523
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $21.54  
   
Overtime
$16.35 - $32.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,897  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.78 - $4,701  
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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$26,429 - $52,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,537
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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 bring home $72K per year. The most common next step for a Quality Assurance Technician is to become a Quality Assurance Manager or a Manufacturing Quality Assurance Supervisor. The former position pays an additional $31K per year on average, and the latter position pays $13K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician

Quality Assurance Technicians seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Auditing, Quality Improvement / QA, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Those familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control tend to be well versed in Quality Improvement / QA, Data Analysis, and Auditing. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Auditing.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $39K. For Quality Assurance Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$37,000
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For Quality Assurance Technicians, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+23 percent), Richmond (+13 percent), Milwaukee (+11 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salaries

National Average
$37,000

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salaries

Data Analysis
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Blueprints
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Document Management
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Microsoft Word
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Precision Measurement
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 439 votes.

Gender

Female
43%
female alumni
 
Male
57%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 17%