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Quality Assurance Manager Salary

A little over a half of Quality Assurance Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $42K to $112K per year, but median earnings come to around $71K 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 $42K to $112K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though tenure and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Quality Assurance Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,576 - $106,670
(Median)
$45K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,171
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$12.72 - $38.55
(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
$44,576 - $106,670  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,892  
Profit Sharing
$199.56 - $9,872  
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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$42,313 - $111,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,897
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $38.55  
   
Overtime
$14.88 - $47.40  
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 - $12,892  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $11,665  
Profit Sharing
$199.56 - $9,872  
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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$42,313 - $111,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 385

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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.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance Manager


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There are some Quality Assurance Managers — though it's uncommon — that transition into VPs of Quality, where earnings are an average $149K annually. A more likely transition for Quality Assurance Managers is Quality Assurance Director or Quality Manager.

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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 4 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. For most people, competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control indicates knowledge of Leadership and Auditing.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance Manager

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


Quality Assurance Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $55K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $70K. Quality Assurance Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $82K. Quality Assurance Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Quality Assurance Managers that is 42 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Quality Assurance Managers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+33 percent), New York (+32 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Dallas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Denver and Cincinnati are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

Quality Assurance Manager Reviews

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)
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Leadership
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Regulatory Compliance
0%

National Average
$71,000

Problem Solving
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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 769 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: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 11%
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