Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salary (United States)

A typical Supplier Quality Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $68,676 per year. Pay begins at $49,007 on the low end and climbs to $90,814 per year near the top. Total cash compensation runs from $50,086 to $87,771, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8,106 and profit sharing that reaches $5,960. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by the vast majority, and most earn vision coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Supplier Quality Engineers. Most Supplier Quality Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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  
PayScale
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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While not commonly found, Supplier Quality Engineers who move on to become Supplier Quality Engineering Managers bring in an additional $29K annually. 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)

For Supplier Quality Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at General Electric (GE) Energy; in fact, typical earnings are around $78,752, the highest in the area. 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 require a rather large skill set. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks, C++, and Matlab. Most people skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are similarly competent in 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.
Supplier Quality Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. New salaries start at $62K and reach $77K in five to 10 years. Earnings total $77K after one to two decades. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Supplier Quality Engineers after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $80K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 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 15 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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Detroit
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Milwaukee
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Minneapolis
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$69,000
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For those looking to make money, Supplier Quality Engineers in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Detroit, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Kansas City, where Supplier Quality Engineers annually earn 15 percent, 10 percent, 9 percent, and 9 percent more than the national average. Indianapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 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
up arrow 8%
Matlab
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C++
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SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

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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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