Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salary

Quality Assurance Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.02 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Quality Assurance Technicians stretch from $27K on the lower end to $52K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Quality Assurance Technicians making up 57 percent of survey respondents. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,380 - $57,792

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$11.85 - $21.99

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,380 - $57,792  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,859  
Profit Sharing
$146.17 - $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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$26,835 - $52,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 534
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $21.99  
   
Overtime
$16.67 - $33.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,859  
   
Profit Sharing
$146.17 - $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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$26,835 - $52,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,792
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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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As Quality Assurance Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Quality Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Quality Managers earn $72K on average per year. When Quality Assurance Technicians are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Quality Assurance Managers or Quality Control Engineers. Those roles pay an additional $31K and $22K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician


Quality Assurance Technicians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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, 5 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Data Analysis. People who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control usually also know Quality Improvement / QA, Auditing, and 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Quality Assurance Technicians make a median salary of $42K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $43K.

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 Richmond (+10 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), and Milwaukee (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Columbus, 9 percent below the national average. Employers in Chicago and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 3%

Blueprints
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
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 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 416 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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