Quality Assurance Manager Salary

Quality Assurance Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $71K per year on average but can range from $42K 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 $42K to $112K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Most Quality Assurance Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,404 - $106,474
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$44K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,031
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$12.73 - $38.44
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$13
$20
$38
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,404 - $106,474  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,604  
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $9,853  
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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$42,170 - $111,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,885
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.73 - $38.44  
   
Overtime
$15.18 - $46.90  
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 - $12,604  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $11,665  
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $9,853  
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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$42,170 - $111,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 389

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Job Description for Quality Assurance Manager

Quality assurance managers are responsible for ensuring a product's quality is up to standard and safe for consumers. They are involved in every phase from development to production to packaging. Standards are set by federal and state law, as well as by their companies. When products lack the desired quality, the quality assurance manager must make the decisions necessary to increase the quality of the product. This may even include halting production until the issue is resolved.

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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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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 seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Lean Manufacturing, Project Management, Leadership, and Total Quality Management 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. It is often found that people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control are also skilled in 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $55K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $70K. Quality Assurance Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $82K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Assurance Managers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Managers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+36 percent), New York (+34 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of the national average. Workers in Cincinnati and Miami earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 5 percent.

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



Leadership
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Total Quality Management (TQM)
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Regulatory Compliance
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Problem Solving
0%

National Average
$71,000

Operations Management
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Auditing
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Evaluation and Management Auditing
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 784 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%