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
For Quality Assurance Technicians, progressing to a Quality Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Quality Manager can earn $73K annually. When Quality Assurance Technicians are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Quality Assurance Managers or Quality Assurance Specialists. Those roles pay an additional $32K and $11K, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician
The biggest paychecks can be found at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. — the median salary there is $43K.
Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting, Internal Audit, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 13 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry. People who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control usually also know Quality Improvement / QA, Data Analysis, and Auditing. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent 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.
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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. Quality Assurance Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median 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, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Quality Assurance Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+18 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), St. Louis (+10 percent), and Dallas (+4 percent). Cleveland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Milwaukee (4 percent lower) and San Antonio (3 percent lower).
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