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Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salary

Medical Devices Quality Engineers in the United States take home an average $68K per year. Total cash compensation to Medical Devices Quality Engineers bottoms out near $51K and approaches $97K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $9K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by the particular city and experience level. Most Medical Devices Quality Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of Medical Devices Quality Engineers (69 percent) survey respondents are male. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$51,468 - $91,792
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$51K
$68K
$92K
MEDIAN: $67,955
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$16.84 - $53.88
(Median)
$17
$30
$54
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary 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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$51,468 - $91,792  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,168  
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $8,340  
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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$51,272 - $97,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 908
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.84 - $53.88  
   
Overtime
$18.38 - $60.44  
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 - $9,168  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $8,340  
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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$51,272 - $97,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78

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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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Medical Devices Quality Engineers include Medtronic, Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, Covidien, St. Jude Medical, Inc., and Abbott Laboratories. Kimberly Clark Corp offers the largest salaries in town — $101K on average. Soaring salaries can also be found at Abbott Laboratories, Medtronic, Inc., and Boston Scientific Corporation, where earnings of $92K, $88K, or $85K are standard for Medical Devices Quality Engineers.

Also approaching the lower end are Zimmer Holdings, Inc. at $65K, Covidien at $68K, and Zimmer Inc. at $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, Statistical Analysis, Risk Management / Risk Control, and minitab are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $65K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $76K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Medical Devices Quality Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $85K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $80K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location


For Medical Devices Quality Engineers, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Medical Devices Quality Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Salt Lake City (+8 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Memphis and Cleveland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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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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Statistical Analysis
up arrow 4%

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Quality Improvement / QA
0%

minitab
0%

National Average
$70,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Matlab
up arrow 7%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 10%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 8%
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