Quality Assurance Manager Salary

With more than half of Quality Assurance Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Quality Assurance Managers is $76K annually and can range from $45K on the lower end to $121K per year near the higher end. In the world of Quality Assurance Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $14K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $45K and $121K. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Quality Assurance Managers making up 56 percent of survey respondents. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Quality Assurance Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,133 - $117,056
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$76K
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MEDIAN: $76,079
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$14.88 - $38.67
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$0$121K
Salary $48,133 - $117,056
Bonus $509 - $15,067
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $13,953
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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$45,093 - $121,480
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,226
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $14.88 - $38.67
Overtime $20.19 - $50.77
Annual Data $0$121K
Bonus $509 - $15,067
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $13,953
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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$45,093 - $121,480
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 306

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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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Quality Assurance Managers who advance into the role of a VP of Quality are fairly uncommon. VPs of Quality on average earn $153K per year. Going from Quality Assurance Manager to Quality Assurance Director is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $110K. Many others choose to work as Quality Managers, where pay is typically $73K.

Quality Assurance Manager Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance Manager


Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Honeywell Aerospace, Grifols, Inc, and Amazon.com Inc are top-notch employers for Quality Assurance Managers in this area. 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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Total Quality Management, Project Management, Lean Manufacturing, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Safety Compliance, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis. Those educated in Quality Assurance / Quality Control tend to be well versed in Leadership and Auditing.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance Manager

Pay by Experience for a Quality Assurance Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Assurance Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 1,132 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Assurance Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 1,156 salaries. An experienced Quality Assurance Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 1,250 salaries. A Quality Assurance Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 660 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,830

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Assurance Managers, 47 percent higher than the national average. Quality Assurance Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+45 percent), San Diego (+28 percent), Charlotte (+25 percent), and New York (+19 percent). In Los Angeles, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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 Miami:
"Very nice."
Pros: Work flexibility and office conditions.
Cons: Very hard to comunicate sometimes.

Quality Assurance Manager in Raleigh:
Pros: Flexibility, casual, first shift hours.
Cons: Small company equals less pay.

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 Howard Lake:
"People and Customer Behavior Management."
Pros: Working with People and solving their needs.
Cons: Lack of pay.

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
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 589 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance Manager Salaries

▲17%

▲16%

National Average
$76,000

▼3%

▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 589 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 11%
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