Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salary

For Medical Devices Quality Engineers, yearly average wages total $68K annually. Cash earnings for Medical Devices Quality Engineers — which occasionally include more than $9K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $51K to approximately $97K. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. The majority of Medical Devices Quality Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Medical Devices Quality Engineers (68 percent) survey respondents are male. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$51,920 - $91,757
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$52K
$68K
$92K
MEDIAN: $68,312
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$17.32 - $53.28
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$51,920 - $91,757  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,238  
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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$51,427 - $96,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 922
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$17.32 - $53.28  
   
Overtime
$21.82 - $59.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,238  
   
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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$51,427 - $96,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices


Medtronic, Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, Covidien, St. Jude Medical, Inc., and Abbott Laboratories are among the top companies that take on many Medical Devices Quality Engineers. Kimberly Clark Corp offers the largest salaries in town — $101K on average. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Abbott Laboratories, Medtronic, Inc., and Boston Scientific Corporation, where Medical Devices Quality Engineers typically earn around $92K, $87K, or $85K, respectively.

Stryker Corp., Covidien, and Zimmer Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $66K, $68K, and $68K-paychecks on average.

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 pay less than market rate include Visual Basic, Pro/Engineer, and Matlab. Those familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also tend to 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $65K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $76K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Devices Quality Engineers make a median salary of $85K. Medical Devices Quality Engineers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Medical Devices Quality Engineers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 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 12 percent, Cincinnati is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Memphis and Boston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 5 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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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Statistical Analysis
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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minitab
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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 163 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

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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