Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salary
|Salary||$53,667 - $92,348|
|Bonus||$500 - $8,950|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $7,893|
|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).)
|$52,155 - $95,372|
|Hourly Rate||$16.16 - $41.45|
|Overtime||$19.58 - $53.72|
|Bonus||$500 - $8,950|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $7,893|
|Total Pay (||$52,155 - $95,372|
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.Read More...
Additionally, supplier quality engineers identify technical problems with suppliers and implement corrective actions. They also increase quality reliability, use their engineering skills to execute tools for calibration systems, and regulate product transition requirements. Another principal tasks for SQEs is to maintain accurate quality records, certifications, and database screens. They also conduct capability assessments that verify supplier qualifications, travel to assigned suppliers, and lead multiple projects to completion. These professionals also must manage process controls, establishing schedules for reviewing supplier and quality performance. In addition, supplier quality engineers measure readiness throughout the product development cycle.
A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for this position. Previous experience in a quality supervising capacity may preferred. They must be problem solvers who use their advanced analytical skills to find innovative solution to quality-related issues. They must also have strong communication skills to make progress reports and present their findings to the supervisor in their department. These professionals may work in an office environment or at a production site depending on the needs of their company.
Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Tasks
- Track and qualify or disqualify suppliers according to organization's standards.
- Maintain successful relationships with supply, engineering, manufacturing, and regulatory departments.
- Report supplier performance and quality to management.
- Assist in the development and implementation of supplier management programs.
Common Career Paths for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
Supplier Quality Engineers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Supplier Quality Engineering Manager. The latter position pays an average of $100K annually. Supplier Quality Engineers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Supplier Quality Engineers or Quality Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $14K higher and $1K higher, respectively.
Popular Employer Salaries for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
Many Supplier Quality Engineers can be found at General Electric Co (GE), Medtronic, Inc., The Boeing Company, General Electric (GE) Energy, and Abbott Laboratories, firms that are at the top of the field. Supplier Quality Engineers flock to General Motors Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $84K lead the pack in compensation. Also paying near the top of the field are General Electric (GE) Energy at $81K, The Boeing Company at $77K, and General Electric Co (GE), where Supplier Quality Engineers annually earn $74K.
Lockheed Martin Corp, Medtronic, Inc. and Abbott Laboratories are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $62K, $67K, and $72K.
Popular Skills for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
Survey results imply that Supplier Quality Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Lean Manufacturing, Pro/Engineer, Project Management, and Supplier Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include C++, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel and 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $65K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $76K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Supplier Quality Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $81K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $83K.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Supplier Quality Engineers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Supplier Quality Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+17 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), Auburn Hills (+11 percent), and Indianapolis (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Grand Rapids. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Milwaukee (14 percent lower) and Seattle (8 percent lower).
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