Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salary (United States)

Pay for Medical Devices Quality Engineers in the United States is typically around $68,695 annually. Compensation ranges from $49,585 on the low end to $97,020 per year on the high end. Total compensation runs from $50,123 on the low end to $91,296 on the high end, depending on bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $9,103 each. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and more than half earn vision coverage. The majority of Medical Devices Quality Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salary (?
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$50,123 - $91,296
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MEDIAN: $67,280
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Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salary (?
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$15.65 - $54.48
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$50,123 - $91,296  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,103  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $6,503  
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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$49,585 - $97,020  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 818
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$15.65 - $54.48  
   
Overtime
$17.40 - $66.08  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,103  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $6,503  
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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$49,585 - $97,020  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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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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Medical Devices Quality Engineers' salaries tends to stay somewhat level despite career advancements. Those who assume higher-end positions like Quality Manager get paid about the same as they did in lower-level roles.

Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices

Leading companies who hire large numbers of Medical Devices Quality Engineers include Medtronic, Inc., Covidien, Boston Scientific Corporation, St. Jude Medical, Inc., and Abbott Laboratories. Kimberly Clark Corp offers the largest salaries in town—$101,098 on average. Other big spenders include Abbott Laboratories, Medtronic, Inc., and Boston Scientific Corporation, top-paying firms where Medical Devices Quality Engineers see paychecks nearing $99,519, $87,119, or $85,915.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Stryker Corp., where the median salary is just $62,510. Other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Covidien ($67,666) and Smith & Nephew Endoscopy, Inc. ($68,790).

Popular Skills for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices

Medical Devices Quality Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Project Management, Statistical Analysis, and minitab are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic (VB), Pro/Engineer, and Matlab. Most people familiar with 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.
Starting out, salaries are typically $63K, which grows to $77K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $81K. After working for two decades in the field, Medical Devices Quality Engineers experience a drop in salary, averaging $78K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$69,000
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Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Medical Devices Quality Engineers, 20 percent above the national average. Medical Devices Quality Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+12 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and Memphis (+5 percent). In Boulder, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salaries

National Average
$69,000

Skills That Affect Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salaries

Risk Management / Risk Control
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Statistical Analysis
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minitab
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Microsoft Word
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$69,000
Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Regulatory Compliance
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SQL
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Matlab
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Pro/Engineer
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 217 votes.

Gender

Female
33%
female alumni
 
Male
67%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
29%
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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