Quality Assurance Manager Salary

With a little over a 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 annually. Overall cash earnings for Quality Assurance Managers stretch from $42K on the lower end to $112K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $13K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though experience level and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Quality Assurance Managers is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,695 - $106,837

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$12.77 - $38.27

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,695 - $106,837  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,026  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $10,053  
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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$42,381 - $112,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,967
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Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $38.27  
   
Overtime
$13.47 - $47.64  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,026  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $11,665  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $10,053  
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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$42,381 - $112,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 392
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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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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. Moving from a Quality Assurance Manager to Quality Assurance Director or Quality Manager is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their 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 6 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $55K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $70K. Quality Assurance Managers see a median salary of $82K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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


For Quality Assurance Managers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+34 percent), New York (+32 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Austin (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Salt Lake City, 6 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (4 percent less) and Miami (3 percent less).

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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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Operations Management
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Auditing
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Evaluation and Management Auditing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 702 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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