Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salary

The average Supplier Quality Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $69K annually. In the world of Supplier Quality Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $51K and $91K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $7K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Work is enjoyable for Supplier Quality Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Supplier Quality Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,508 - $87,699
(Median)
$52K
$69K
$88K
MEDIAN: $69,223
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$14.58 - $42.86
(Median)
$15
$27
$43
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$51,508 - $87,699  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,127  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $6,953  
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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$50,727 - $90,583  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 942
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.58 - $42.86  
   
Overtime
$18.38 - $58.72  
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 - $8,127  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $6,953  
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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$50,727 - $90,583  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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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 do not often transition into Supplier Quality Engineering Manager roles. The role averages $99K per year. A Senior Supplier Quality Engineer role is the most common promotion for Supplier Quality Engineers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $85K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Supplier Quality Engineers is a Quality Assurance Manager position, where earnings are usually $68K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


Many Supplier Quality Engineers can be found at General Electric Co (GE), General Electric (GE) Energy, Abbott Laboratories, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Medtronic, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Supplier Quality Engineers flock to General Electric (GE) Energy for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $79K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


Supplier Quality Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Statistical Analysis, Pro/Engineer, Supplier Management, and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include C++, Matlab, and SolidWorks. Most people familiar with Quality Improvement / QA also know Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know 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.


For Supplier Quality Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $64K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $74K. Supplier Quality Engineers bring in $76K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Supplier Quality Engineer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $79K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Supplier Quality Engineers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Supplier Quality Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+12 percent), Detroit (+9 percent), Milwaukee (+8 percent), and Minneapolis (+7 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 9%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Auditing
up arrow 4%

Supplier Management
up arrow 4%

Problem Solving
up arrow 1%

Quality Improvement / QA
0%

National Average
$70,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%


SQL
up arrow 5%


SolidWorks
up arrow 10%

Matlab
up arrow 11%

C++
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
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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