Entry-Level Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salary

The average Entry-Level Quality Assurance Technician earns approximately $15.44 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $3K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Quality Assurance Technicians can bottom out near $26K or peak near $49K depending on individual performance. For the most part, Entry-Level Quality Assurance Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$29,993 - $51,539
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$52K
MEDIAN: $39,641
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$11.72 - $20.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,993 - $51,539  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,599  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,980  
Total Pay (?
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$26,339 - $48,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 275
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $20.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11  
Overtime
$16.24 - $31.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,599  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,980  
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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$26,339 - $48,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,021

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,359

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Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Quality Assurance Technicians, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 12 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Quality Assurance Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+6 percent), Richmond (+6 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and Minneapolis (+5 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Sturgeon Bay and Cincinnati are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Baytown:
"Shift work is a challenge."
The job is what you make it. Technology grows in leaps and bounds. There are always new things to learn. Working shift work (12 hour rotating shift) can be very challenging to family life. You will have to work on holiday's and will not always be off for important events. On the other hand you can make new family traditions and having a week of vacation tacked onto off days makes for long vacations. There is almost always overtime to be had. Take every opportunity to learn things. Stay engaged and you will stay interested.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Paw Paw:
"Be more proactive."
Do your best every day, be on time and have integrity even about the smallest task.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Newton:
"Importance of documentation."
Always keep good records on nonconforming materials and always keep excel computer skills up to date.

Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 188 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
13%
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Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salaries

Technical Analysis
▲6%

Blueprints
▲4%


Auditing
▲3%

Document Management
▲2%

Precision Measurement
▲2%

Safety Compliance
▲2%

Internal Audit
▲2%

Microsoft Excel
▲1%

Quality Improvement / QA
▲1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼0%

Microsoft Word
▼0%

National Average
$35,000

Microsoft Office
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 188 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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