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Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salary

For Supplier Quality Engineers, annual average wages total $69K per year. In the world of Supplier Quality Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $50K and $90K. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Supplier Quality Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,935 - $87,405
(Median)
$51K
$69K
$87K
MEDIAN: $69,040
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90%

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$13.18 - $42.75
(Median)
$13
$26
$43
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$50,935 - $87,405  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,099  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $5,960  
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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$50,231 - $90,433  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 928
National Hourly Rate 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$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $42.75  
   
Overtime
$18.55 - $58.17  
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 - $8,099  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $5,960  
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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$50,231 - $90,433  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61

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Job Description for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)

Supplier quality engineers (SQEs) are responsible for coordinating suppliers and verifying quality standards in accordance with the requirements of their organization. They are in charge of performing regular supplier audits to ensure compliance with regulatory standards, as well as actively participating in strategic development based on quality control plans. They manage the supply chain, serve as the liaison for suppliers, suggest structural quality and process improvements, and collaborate with other engineers in a team environment.

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Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Tasks

  • Report supplier performance and quality to management.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of supplier management programs.
  • Track and qualify or disqualify suppliers according to organization's standards.
  • Maintain successful relationships with supply, engineering, manufacturing, and regulatory departments.

Common Career Paths for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


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Though it's uncommon, some Supplier Quality Engineers move into roles as Supplier Quality Engineering Managers, where pay is an average $99K per year. As Supplier Quality Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Senior Supplier Quality Engineers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $85K per year. Another common career choice for Supplier Quality Engineers is to move into a Quality Assurance Manager role. Typically, Quality Assurance Managers get paid $68K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


Supplier Quality Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at General Electric (GE) Energy, where the average salary comes to $79K.

Popular Skills for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


Supplier Quality Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Lean Manufacturing, Auditing, Supplier Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C++, SolidWorks, and Matlab. Most people skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Quality Improvement / QA are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Supplier Quality Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $64K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $73K. For Supplier Quality Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $76K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $78K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 15 percent, Supplier Quality Engineers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Supplier Quality Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+12 percent), Detroit (+9 percent), Milwaukee (+9 percent), and Kansas City (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Auburn Hills and Austin (3 percent lower).

Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Reviews

What is it like working as a Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)?

Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) in Santa Clara:
"Great, If You Love Paperwork And Bureaucracy."
Pros: Traveling for supplier audits is nice. That's about it.
Cons: Pretty much everything. The job is 100% paperwork and bureaucracy. You can't do the simplest things without following byzantine and over complicated procedures. Accomplishing minor tasks is next to impossible. The work is unstimulating and about as far from hands-on as you can get.

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Experience Affects Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salaries

Lean Manufacturing
up arrow 8%



Project Management
up arrow 3%

Problem Solving
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National Average
$70,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 4%



SQL
up arrow 5%


Matlab
up arrow 11%

SolidWorks
up arrow 11%

C++
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 7%
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