Quality Assurance Manager, IT Salary

IT Quality Assurance Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $97K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of IT Quality Assurance Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $70K and $137K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $20K and $14K, respectively. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 65 percent of IT Quality Assurance Managers are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$69,112 - $126,205
MEDIAN: $96,799

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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.
$69,112 - $126,205  
$961 - $19,938  
Profit Sharing
$397.32 - $14,094  
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).
$70,223 - $137,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 367
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Job Description for Quality Assurance Manager, IT

Information technology (IT) quality assurance managers are commonly found in technology companies and other industries that use information technology. Their primary role is to oversee quality control systems in product/service operations and in training; this involves analyzing policies and procedures and adjusting them as needed, as well as enforcing these rules within the company. In many cases, this includes directly supervising workers and carefully inspecting work produced by employees. It is also necessary to carefully analyze and interpret data to prepare reports and feedback for management.


Quality Assurance Manager, IT Tasks

  • Oversee the design, implemention, execution, and debugging of information technology test cases and scripts.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate daily activities of a department/group/team.
  • Hire, review, and fire non-management employees.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate testing of information technology.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance Manager, IT

Professional skills reported by IT Quality Assurance Managers are few in number. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Test Automation, Software Test, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quality Assurance / Quality Control. For most people, competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control indicates knowledge of Project Management and Test Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance Manager, IT

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $81K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $95K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $109K. IT Quality Assurance Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $115K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, IT Quality Assurance Managers in Denver enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. IT Quality Assurance Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+16 percent) and Minneapolis (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Cincinnati (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance Manager, IT Salaries

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Skills That Affect Quality Assurance Manager, IT Salaries

Project Management
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Test Automation
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Software Test
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.


35 %
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 4%