The average Medical Devices Quality Engineer in the United States earns approximately $71K per year. Total cash compensation to Medical Devices Quality Engineers ranges from $54K on the lower end to $98K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $9K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Male Medical Devices Quality Engineers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 65 percent of professionals. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Medical Devices Quality Engineers is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$54,395 - $93,195
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MEDIAN: $70,611
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$18.26 - $47.90
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$54,395 - $93,195  
   
Bonus
$973 - $9,153  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,215  
Total Pay (?
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$53,742 - $97,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 850
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$18.26 - $47.90  
   
Overtime
$25.96 - $54.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$973 - $9,153  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,215  
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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$53,742 - $97,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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

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

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Medical Devices Quality Engineers may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Quality Manager. Quality Managers on average make about as much as Medical Devices Quality Engineers do.

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Medtronic, Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, Covidien, Zimmer Inc., and Stryker Corp. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Medical Devices Quality Engineers. Medical Devices Quality Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Kimberly Clark Corp, where the average salary comes to $101K. Medical Devices Quality Engineers will also find cushy salaries at Abbott Laboratories (+$86K), Medtronic, Inc. (+$84K), and Boston Scientific Corporation (+$80K).

Other low-paying employers include Zimmer Inc. at $66K and Johnson & Johnson at $67K, though some Medical Devices Quality Engineers there earn up to $94K.

Popular Skills for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices


Survey takers working as Medical Devices Quality Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Auditing, Statistical Analysis, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Visual Basic, Matlab, and Pro/Engineer. Most people skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are similarly competent 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $67K 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $89K. Medical Devices Quality Engineers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $88K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,880

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For Medical Devices Quality Engineers, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Medical Devices Quality Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+18 percent), Irvine (+12 percent), Cincinnati (+12 percent), and Cleveland (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Boston. Warsaw and Oklahoma City are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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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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Experience Affects Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salaries



Statistical Analysis
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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$72,000

SolidWorks
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Microsoft Office
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SQL
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Pro/Engineer
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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 110 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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