Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salary
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.Read More...
Quality engineers work in a mix of environments, including laboratory and manufacturing areas. They work a standard 40-hour week. They spend much of their time designing and implementing testing procedures, with the rest of their time spent giving testing results analysis and gathering feedback from clients and regulators on specification details.
Quality engineers for medical devices are required to hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering, a life science field, medical technology, or a related discipline. Experience in the quality control field, especially in the relevant industry, is also required. Certification by quality assurance or project management agencies may be necessary for certain positions.
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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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices
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
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.