Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salary (United States)

For Supplier Quality Engineers, annual wages usually total $68,676 annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $49,007 to $90,814 per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the particular city and the specific company. In this profession, the vast majority individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and most have vision insurance, as well. Male Supplier Quality Engineers are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of Supplier Quality Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salary (?
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$50,086 - $87,771
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MEDIAN: $67,968
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Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salary (?
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$14.29 - $38.21
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$50,086 - $87,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,106  
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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$49,007 - $90,814  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 870
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.29 - $38.21  
   
Overtime
$18.38 - $54.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,106  
   
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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$49,007 - $90,814  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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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Supplier Quality Engineers who advance into the role of a Supplier Quality Engineering Manager—while rather uncommon—bring in an extra $29K per year. A more common career path for Supplier Quality Engineers is stepping into the role of Senior Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) or Quality Assurance Manager.

Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)

Those at General Electric (GE) Energy can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $78,752. Abbott Laboratories offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $71,544.

Popular Skills for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)

Supplier Quality Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Auditing, Supplier Management, Project Management, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks, C++, and Matlab. Most people experienced in Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Supplier Quality Engineers, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Salaries start at $62K, which grows to $77K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $77K after one to two decades. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Supplier Quality Engineers and pay is expected at $80K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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Minneapolis
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$69,000
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For Supplier Quality Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Detroit, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Kansas City are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Supplier Quality Engineers earning around 15 percent, 10 percent, 9 percent, and 9 percent more than average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Indianapolis, 1 percent below the national average.

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
$69,000

Skills That Affect Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salaries

Project Management
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SQL
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National Average
$69,000
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Pro/Engineer
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Matlab
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C++
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SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 8%
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