The average Medical Devices Quality Engineer in the United States earns approximately $71K per year. Overall incomes of Medical Devices Quality Engineers generally bottom out at around $54K and peak near $98K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $9K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Most Medical Devices Quality Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Medical Devices Quality Engineers (65 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$54,628 - $93,824  
   
Bonus
$971 - $9,134  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,059  
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$53,732 - $98,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 869
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$0$17$34$51
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$18.00 - $45.57  
   
Overtime
$25.62 - $46.33  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$971 - $9,134  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,059  
Total Pay (?
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$53,732 - $98,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 73

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Job Description for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices

Quality engineers for medical devices are responsible for all aspects of quality assurance in the design and production of medical device products. They must design and implement tests that effectively, efficiently monitor the quality of the medical device in each stage of the production process. Due to the vital nature of the medical device field, quality engineers for medical devices must adhere to strict guidelines for quality and risk. Quality engineers work with clients, other internal departments, and regulatory agencies to establish precise requirements for new product standards. They then design and test the new product at various stages of the production process to ensure these standards are met. They periodically review older testing standards to ensure they meet current industry and client requirements. Once tests are completed, quality engineers provide feedback to design engineers on how to improve quality and meet product specifications as necessary.

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Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Tasks

  • Support new product development for design and quality related functions.
  • Initiate standards and methods for inspeciton, testing, and evaluation.
  • Responsible for product maintenance.

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As Medical Devices Quality Engineers transition into upper-level roles like Quality Managers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Quality Managers earn the same amount as Medical Devices Quality Engineers on average.

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Dominating the field, Medtronic, Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, Covidien, Stryker Corp., and Zimmer Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Medical Devices Quality Engineers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Kimberly Clark Corp — the median salary there is $101K. Other big spenders include Abbott Laboratories, Medtronic, Inc., and Boston Scientific Corporation, top-paying firms where Medical Devices Quality Engineers see paychecks nearing $86K, $83K, or $80K.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Zimmer Inc. ($66K), Covidien ($68K), and Johnson & Johnson ($68K).

Popular Skills for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices


Survey results imply that Medical Devices Quality Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Statistical Analysis, Auditing, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Visual Basic, Matlab, and SQL. Those educated in Quality Assurance / Quality Control tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Medical Devices Quality Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $68K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $80K. Medical Devices Quality Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $88K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,033

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San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Medical Devices Quality Engineers, 21 percent higher than the national average. Medical Devices Quality Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Irvine (+12 percent), Cincinnati (+12 percent), Cleveland (+10 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). Boston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Warsaw and Salt Lake City (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Quality Engineer, Medical Devices?

Quality Engineer, Medical Devices in Seattle:
"Life as a young QE."
Pros: Plenty of responsibility and technical challenge. I get to lead cross-functional teams and facilitate many types of meetings from root cause analysis, action-planning, and risk-based decision making. My manager mostly lets me operate independently. I work in sustaining engineering, new product development, process improvement initiatives, and quality investigations, so I don't usually feel like I am doing the same thing over and over again.
Cons: It can be a thankless job. Since you are usually working on multiple unrelated projects with multiple managers that do not talk to eachother, it can be hard to not become over-resourced. Additionally, when a product quality issue arises you have to drop everything and address it. This issue would probably be lessened if your manager actually understands the work involved in what you do. The job also requires a high level of attention to detail as a major component is technical documentation review and critiquing it through an auditor's lens. While this can be interesting, the quality of your work is usually hidden except to the document owner who's name goes on the finished piece. Management of course does not usually see this review and will be confused as to why it takes so long and is such a burden on your resources. Lastly, the main focus of the job is reviewing, delegating and coordinating other people's work. It can be hard to feel like you produced something of your own.

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Key Stats for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 votes.
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Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salaries




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$72,000


Skills That Affect Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salaries







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SolidWorks
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SQL
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Matlab
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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