Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salary

Earnings for Medical Devices Quality Engineers in the United States come in at around $68K annually on average. Total cash compensation for Medical Devices Quality Engineers runs from $51K to $97K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $9K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. More than half of Medical Devices Quality Engineers (69 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$51,935 - $91,783
(Median)
$52K
$68K
$92K
MEDIAN: $68,357
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$17.18 - $53.51
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$17
$30
$54
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$51,935 - $91,783  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,243  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $8,119  
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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$51,497 - $97,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 920
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$17.18 - $53.51  
   
Overtime
$20.25 - $60.10  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,243  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $8,119  
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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$51,497 - $97,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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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.

Common Career Paths for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices


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As Medical Devices Quality Engineers make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Quality Manager position pays around the same amount as the Medical Devices Quality Engineer job on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices


Medtronic, Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, Covidien, St. Jude Medical, Inc., and Abbott Laboratories are all popular places to work. Kimberly Clark Corp leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $101K. Medical Devices Quality Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Abbott Laboratories ($92K), Medtronic, Inc. ($87K), and Boston Scientific Corporation ($85K).

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Zimmer Holdings, Inc. ($65K), Covidien ($68K), and Zimmer Inc. ($68K).

Popular Skills for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Risk Management / Risk Control, Statistical Analysis, and Quality Improvement / QA are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Visual Basic, Pro/Engineer, and Matlab. The majority of those who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $65K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $76K. Medical Devices Quality Engineers bring in $85K after working for 10 to 20 years. Medical Devices Quality Engineers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Medical Devices Quality Engineers, 17 percent above the national average. Medical Devices Quality Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+11 percent), Irvine (+7 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), and San Diego (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Cincinnati is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Memphis (6 percent lower) and Boston (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salaries

Project Management
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Statistical Analysis
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Quality Improvement / QA
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National Average
$70,000

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Regulatory Compliance
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SQL
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Microsoft Excel
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Matlab
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Pro/Engineer
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 164 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%
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