Approximately half of Quality Assurance Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $44K to $118K per year, but median earnings come to around $75K per year. Total cash compensation to Quality Assurance Managers approaches anywhere from $44K on the lower end to $118K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $15K from bonuses and upwards of $14K from profit sharing. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men working as Quality Assurance Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,871 - $113,706
$47K
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MEDIAN: $74,527
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$14.97 - $37.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,871 - $113,706  
   
Bonus
$497.77 - $14,996  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,047  
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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$44,400 - $118,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,173
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.97 - $37.23  
   
Overtime
$20.30 - $50.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$497.77 - $14,996  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,047  
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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$44,400 - $118,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 310

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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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While not commonly seen, Quality Assurance Managers who transition into a VP of Quality position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for VPs of Quality is $153K 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 Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance Manager


Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Grifols, Inc, Amazon.com Inc, and Honeywell Aerospace are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Quality Assurance Managers. The biggest paychecks can be found at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) — the median salary there is $109K.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance Manager


Survey results imply that Quality Assurance Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Total Quality Management, Project Management, Lean Manufacturing, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Safety Compliance, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis. The majority of those who know 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 pay tend to be weakly linked for Quality Assurance Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $73K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $87K. 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 $88K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,109

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

For Quality Assurance Managers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Quality Assurance Managers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+47 percent), San Diego (+30 percent), New York (+20 percent), and Atlanta (+18 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami.

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 489 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



National Average
$74,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 489 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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