Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salary

Pay for Supplier Quality Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $69K annually. Total cash compensation to Supplier Quality Engineers approaches anywhere from $51K on the lower end to $91K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by tenure and geographic location. Male Supplier Quality Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Nearly all get medical and dental insurance, and a strong majority get vision plans, too. Work is enjoyable for Supplier Quality Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,551 - $87,773

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$15.15 - $42.86

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$51,551 - $87,773  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,146  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $7,500  
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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$50,879 - $90,632  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 958
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.15 - $42.86  
   
Overtime
$21.82 - $56.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,146  
   
Profit Sharing
$600 - $7,500  
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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$50,879 - $90,632  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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While Supplier Quality Engineers do not often become Supplier Quality Engineering Managers, the job pays $99K per year on average. The most common promotion for Supplier Quality Engineers is Senior Supplier Quality Engineer, a position that typically pays $85K annually. Another standard transition for Supplier Quality Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Quality Assurance Manager role, where pay is often $68K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


Supplier Quality Engineers flock to General Electric Co (GE), General Electric (GE) Energy, Abbott Laboratories, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Medtronic, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. 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)


Survey results imply that Supplier Quality Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Statistical Analysis, Supplier Management, Auditing, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include C++, Matlab, and SolidWorks. Those proficient in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Quality Improvement / QA are 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $64K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $74K. On average, Supplier Quality Engineers make $77K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Supplier Quality Engineer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Supplier Quality Engineers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Supplier Quality Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+12 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), and Detroit (+9 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 3 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
$70,000


Skills That Affect Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 8%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Auditing
up arrow 4%

Supplier Management
up arrow 4%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 4%

Problem Solving
up arrow 3%

Quality Improvement / QA
0%

National Average
$70,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%


SQL
up arrow 6%

SolidWorks
up arrow 10%

Matlab
up arrow 11%

C++
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 7%
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