Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salary

Quality Assurance Technicians in the United States take home approximately $16.08 per hour on average. 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. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men working as Quality Assurance Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$30,571 - $58,104
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$58K
MEDIAN: $40,910
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$11.88 - $22.24
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,571 - $58,104  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,827  
Profit Sharing
$2.60 - $5,057  
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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$26,867 - $52,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 601
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $22.24  
   
Overtime
$16.87 - $33.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,827  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.60 - $5,057  
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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$26,867 - $52,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,054
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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. Quality Assurance Technicians most often move into positions as Quality Assurance Managers or Quality Assurance Specialists; those groups report median salaries that are $31K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician


The pay scale is far from balanced at Tyson Foods, Inc.. While salaries on one end can reach $53K, the company's median pay sits at $34K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician


Quality Assurance Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting, Cmm, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 10 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Data Analysis. Most people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Quality Assurance Technicians make a median salary of $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 $44K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,024

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

For Quality Assurance Technicians, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+11 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Portland (+9 percent), and Richmond (+7 percent). Columbus ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Dallas (2 percent less).

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Reviews

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

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 22%

Cmm
up arrow 10%


Auditing
up arrow 3%

Blueprints
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 2%

Document Management
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Precision Measurement
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$37,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 465 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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