Quality Assurance Manager Salary

With a little more than half of Quality Assurance Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $42K to $112K per year and averages out to $71K per year. Total cash compensation to Quality Assurance Managers bottoms out near $42K and approaches $112K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $13K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,714 - $107,046
(Median)
$45K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,404
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$12.81 - $38.74
(Median)
$13
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $20
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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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,714 - $107,046  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,030  
Profit Sharing
$198.20 - $9,945  
Commission
$-0.49 - $11,665  
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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$42,430 - $112,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,927
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.81 - $38.74  
   
Overtime
$15.06 - $47.70  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,030  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $11,665  
Profit Sharing
$198.20 - $9,945  
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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$42,430 - $112,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 386
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Job Description for Quality Assurance Manager

Quality assurance managers are responsible for ensuring that products or services meet established standards. As these products and services vary greatly from industry to industry, so do the specifications of particular quality standards. Generally, quality assurance managers are concerned with maintaining minimum requirements for accessibility, reliability, and performance.

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Quality Assurance Manager Tasks

  • Develop and maintain quality assurance standards and processes.
  • Manage quality improvement activities.
  • Create common business specific quality measurements and track improvement against these metrics.

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Quality Assurance Managers who advance into the role of a VP of Quality are fairly uncommon. VPs of Quality on average earn $149K per year. More commonly, Quality Assurance Managers become Quality Assurance Directors or Quality Managers.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance Manager


Survey results imply that Quality Assurance Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Lean Manufacturing, Project Management, Total Quality Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Those familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also tend to know Leadership and Auditing.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance Manager

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $55K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $70K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $82K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Assurance Managers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Managers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+33 percent), New York (+32 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), and Austin (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Salt Lake City, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Cincinnati (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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What is it like working as a Quality Assurance Manager?

Quality Assurance Manager in Lancaster:
"A different challenge every day."
Pros: Gathering and analyzing data in the search of a solution to a problem. Research may be in the form of interviewing, digging into archives of building queries in the companies databases.
Cons: Completing surveys and forms for customers that are often repedative from one year to the next.

Quality Assurance Manager in Madison:
"QA manager."
Pros: I like trying to improve processes.
Cons: Hearing "we've been doing it this way for 20 years, why change now?"

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance Manager Salaries



National Average
$71,000



Skills That Affect Quality Assurance Manager Salaries



Total Quality Management (TQM)
up arrow 4%

Leadership
up arrow 3%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 1%

Regulatory Compliance
0%

National Average
$71,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Problem Solving
up arrow 1%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

Auditing
up arrow 2%

Evaluation and Management Auditing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 723 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 11%
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