Median pay for Quality Assurance Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.30 per hour. Cash earnings for Quality Assurance Technicians — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $27K to approximately $53K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but years of experience and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Quality Assurance Technicians. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,310 - $60,372
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$31K
$42K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,614
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$12.09 - $22.45
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$12
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,310 - $60,372  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,979  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$27,457 - $52,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 438
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.09 - $22.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.93 - $33.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,979  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$27,457 - $52,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,626
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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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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

National Average: $37,345

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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).

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Reviews

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

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Chicago:
"Quality is life."
Pros: Part of making good quality parts. Ensuring that the company keeps its production to high standards.
Cons: How long it takes to correct a problem in quality.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in St. Marys:
"Stressful, often make people upset...rules change often."
Pros: People are great. I feel needed.no downtime!
Cons: No recognition... Long hours...alot of stress.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Morris:
"Interesting and challenging learning constantly."
Pros: Learning new things everyday. Interacting with different people.
Cons: The limited opportunity for growth of salary but constant addition of responsibility.

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 21%

Internal Audit
up arrow 13%


Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Quality Improvement / QA
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Blueprints
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Auditing
up arrow 1%

Precision Measurement
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Document Management
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Safety Compliance
0%

National Average
$37,000

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 312 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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