Quality Assurance Manager Salary

Quality Assurance Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $72K per year, but may range from $43K to $114K per year. In the world of Quality Assurance Managers, overall income ranges from $43K near the bottom to $114K at the top; this can include more than $13K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though tenure and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Quality Assurance Managers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 59 percent of the field. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's 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
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Hourly Rate
$12.97 - $38.36  
   
Overtime
$13.15 - $48.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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Quality Assurance Managers who advance into the role of a VP of Quality are fairly uncommon. VPs of Quality on average earn $150K per year. A more likely transition for Quality Assurance Managers is Quality Assurance Director or Quality Manager.

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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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $56K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $71K. Quality Assurance Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $83K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $82K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,785

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

Surpassing the national average by 40 percent, Quality Assurance Managers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Quality Assurance Managers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+33 percent), New York (+31 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Salt Lake City, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Cincinnati (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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Quality Improvement / QA
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$72,000

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Problem Solving
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Regulatory Compliance
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Operations Management
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Auditing
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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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