Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salary

Average Quality Assurance Technicians in the United States make around $16.04 per hour. Total cash compensation for Quality Assurance Technicians runs from $27K to $53K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Quality Assurance Technicians making up 57 percent of survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,341 - $58,116
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$58K
MEDIAN: $40,458
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$11.86 - $21.93
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,341 - $58,116  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,912  
Profit Sharing
$147.95 - $4,949  
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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$26,843 - $52,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 531
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $21.93  
   
Overtime
$16.73 - $33.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,912  
   
Profit Sharing
$147.95 - $4,949  
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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$26,843 - $52,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,765
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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 $72K annually. 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 results imply that Quality Assurance Technicians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Entry. The majority of those who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Quality Improvement / QA, Auditing, and Data Analysis. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to 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.


Quality Assurance Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $39K. Quality Assurance Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $43K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Assurance Technicians, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Quality Assurance Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+10 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), Milwaukee (+8 percent), and Richmond (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Columbus, 10 percent below the national average.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Reviews

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

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 23%


Auditing
up arrow 3%

Blueprints
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 2%

Document Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Precision Measurement
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$37,000

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 420 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: 82% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 15%
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