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Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salary

Earnings for Quality Assurance Technicians in the United States come in at around $16.06 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings for Quality Assurance Technicians stretch from $27K on the lower end to $53K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men working as Quality Assurance Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,494 - $58,991
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$30K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,621
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$11.87 - $21.94
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$12
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$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,494 - $58,991  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,911  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $5,068  
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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$26,900 - $52,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 531
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $21.94  
   
Overtime
$16.67 - $32.99  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,911  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $5,068  
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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$26,900 - $52,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,686

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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 brings home $72K per year. Quality Assurance Technicians moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Quality Assurance Managers or Quality Control Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $31K higher and $22K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician


Survey takers working as Quality Assurance Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. 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. It is often found that people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control are also skilled in Quality Improvement / QA, Auditing, and Data Analysis. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. Quality Assurance Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $43K.

Pay Difference by Location


Quality Assurance Technicians will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. Quality Assurance Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+25 percent), Richmond (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+10 percent), and Cleveland (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Columbus. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cincinnati and Los Angeles (5 percent lower).

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Reviews

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

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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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%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Quality Improvement / QA
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Blueprints
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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
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 438 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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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