Quality Assurance Manager Salary

Quality Assurance Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent a little more than half of Quality Assurance Managers. Salaries average out to around $71K per year and spread from $43K to $112K per year. Cash earnings for Quality Assurance Managers — including $13K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $43K to $112K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though tenure and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Quality Assurance Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,765 - $106,841
(Median)
$45K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,382
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$12.75 - $38.65
(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
$44,765 - $106,841  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,912  
Profit Sharing
$193.15 - $9,969  
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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$42,531 - $111,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,950
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.75 - $38.65  
   
Overtime
$13.52 - $47.58  
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 - $12,912  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $11,665  
Profit Sharing
$193.15 - $9,969  
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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$42,531 - $111,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 389
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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. However, it's more common for Quality Assurance Managers to move into roles as Quality Assurance Directors or Quality Managers.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance Manager


Quality Assurance Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Lean Manufacturing, Project Management, Total Quality Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $55K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $70K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Quality Assurance Managers see a median salary of $82K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Assurance Managers, 39 percent higher than the national average. Quality Assurance Managers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+33 percent), New York (+32 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), and Austin (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Salt Lake City, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Workers in Dallas and Cincinnati earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 4 percent.

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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




Leadership
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Regulatory Compliance
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National Average
$71,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Problem Solving
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Auditing
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Operations Management
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Evaluation and Management Auditing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 717 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
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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