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Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salary

For Quality Assurance Technicians, hourly average wages total $15.96 per hour. In the world of Quality Assurance Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $27K and $53K. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Quality Assurance Technicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,420 - $58,628
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,576
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$11.83 - $21.79
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,420 - $58,628  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,893  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $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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$26,733 - $53,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 529
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.83 - $21.79  
   
Overtime
$16.56 - $32.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,893  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $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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$26,733 - $53,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,641

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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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Quality Assurance Technicians who transition into a Quality Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $72K 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


Survey takers working as Quality Assurance Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Auditing, Quality Improvement / QA, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Most people experienced in Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Quality Improvement / QA, Auditing, and Data Analysis. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Auditing.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Quality Assurance Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $39K. For Quality Assurance Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average 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 $43K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Quality Assurance Technicians will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 36 percent. Quality Assurance Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+24 percent), Richmond (+12 percent), Cleveland (+11 percent), and Milwaukee (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Columbus. Workers in Los Angeles and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Reviews

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

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Clinton:
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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



Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Blueprints
up arrow 2%

Document Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$37,000

Precision Measurement
up arrow 1%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 451 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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%