Quality Assurance Manager Salary

Quality Assurance Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $72K annually on average but can range from $43K to $114K per year. Cash earnings for Quality Assurance Managers — which occasionally include more than $13K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $43K to approximately $114K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Quality Assurance Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 59 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$45,181 - $108,416
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$45K
$72K
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MEDIAN: $71,922
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$12.97 - $38.36
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,181 - $108,416  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,134  
Profit Sharing
$22.15 - $10,424  
Commission
$2,500  
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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$42,811 - $113,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,384
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.97 - $38.36  
   
Overtime
$13.15 - $48.62  
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 - $13,134  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$22.15 - $10,424  
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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$42,811 - $113,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 433
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Quality Assurance Managers move into roles as VPs of Quality, where pay is an average $150K per year. More commonly, Quality Assurance Managers become Quality Assurance Directors or Quality Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance Manager


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


Quality Assurance Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Lean Manufacturing, Project Management, Total Quality Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Those familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also tend to 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $56K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $71K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $83K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $82K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,785

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

Home to some of the best pay for Quality Assurance Managers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 40 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+33 percent), New York (+31 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Salt Lake City. Miami and Cincinnati are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

Quality Assurance Manager Reviews

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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Experience Affects Quality Assurance Manager Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Skills That Affect Quality Assurance Manager Salaries




Leadership
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$72,000

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Regulatory Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 729 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
33%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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