Quality Assurance Manager Salary

Quality Assurance Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with around half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $75K annually on average but can range from $45K to $119K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $15K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $45K and hits $119K on the high end. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Male Quality Assurance Managers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Quality Assurance Managers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$47,451 - $114,563
$47K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,921
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$14.98 - $36.99
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MEDIAN: $21.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,451 - $114,563  
   
Bonus
$510 - $15,016  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,361  
Total Pay (?
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$44,830 - $118,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,066
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Hourly Rate
$14.98 - $36.99  
   
Overtime
$16.37 - $52.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$510 - $15,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,361  
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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$44,830 - $118,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 294

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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

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

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 $153K per year. As Quality Assurance Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Quality Assurance Directors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $110K per year. Another common career choice for Quality Assurance Managers is to move into a Quality Manager role. Typically, Quality Managers get paid $73K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance Manager


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Quality Assurance Managers include Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Honeywell Aerospace, Grifols, Inc, and Amazon.com Inc. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $109K.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Total Quality Management, Project Management, Lean Manufacturing, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Safety Compliance, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis. Those educated in Quality Assurance / Quality Control tend to be well versed 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.


For many Quality Assurance Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $73K. Quality Assurance Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $88K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $89K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,587

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Assurance Managers, 50 percent higher than the national average. Quality Assurance Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+48 percent), San Diego (+30 percent), Charlotte (+27 percent), and New York (+21 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles.

Quality Assurance Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Quality Assurance Manager?

Quality Assurance Manager in Guatemala City:
"A day as a Quality Assurance Manager..."
Pros: Your day always starts with a review of the production areas. Then you get surprised with a different problem or adventure every day!
Cons: You don't get paid a lot and you rarelt get the opportunity to grow to other areas in the company.

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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Key Stats for Quality Assurance Manager

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 495 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance Manager Salaries

▲19%

▲18%

National Average
$75,000

▼2%

▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 495 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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