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Quality Assurance Manager Salary (United States)

Quality Assurance Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent a little more than half of Quality Assurance Managers. Salaries average out to around $70K per year and spread from $42K to $111K 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 $111K depending on individual performance. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Quality Assurance Managers. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Quality Assurance Manager Salary (?
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$44,447 - $105,562
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Quality Assurance Manager Salary (?
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$12.47 - $38.22
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,447 - $105,562  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,796  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $9,934  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,792  
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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$42,352 - $110,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,740
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$12.47 - $38.22  
   
Overtime
$14.76 - $47.63  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,796  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,792  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $9,934  
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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$42,352 - $110,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 378
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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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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 $148K per year. Career advancement for the typical Quality Assurance Manager often leads to becoming a Quality Assurance Director or a Quality Manager; median salaries in these positions are $33K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance Manager

Survey results imply that Quality Assurance Managers deploy a deep pool 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 5 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Safety Compliance, and Microsoft Word. 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $54K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $70K. For Quality Assurance Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $81K. Quality Assurance Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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$71,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Quality Assurance Managers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 42 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Managers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+37 percent), New York (+34 percent), Atlanta (+17 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Milwaukee (3 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

Quality Assurance Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Quality Assurance Manager?
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

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$71,000

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance Manager Salaries

Quality Improvement / QA
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$71,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 825 votes.

Gender

Female
41%
female alumni
 
Male
59%
male alumni

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: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%