Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salary

An average Supplier Quality Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $70K per year. Total incomes of Supplier Quality Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $8K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $51K and $91K. While career length and location impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Supplier Quality Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,901 - $88,080
(Median)
$52K
$70K
$88K
MEDIAN: $69,939
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$15.83 - $42.47
(Median)
$16
$27
$42
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$51,901 - $88,080  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,078  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $7,047  
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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$51,143 - $90,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,033
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.83 - $42.47  
   
Overtime
$22.96 - $51.89  
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 - $8,078  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $7,047  
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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$51,143 - $90,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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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 $100K per year. As Supplier Quality Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Senior Supplier Quality Engineers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $85K per year. Another common career choice for Supplier Quality Engineers is to move into a Quality Assurance Manager role. Typically, Quality Assurance Managers get paid $69K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


Known for taking on a considerable number of Supplier Quality Engineers, General Electric Co (GE), Medtronic, Inc., General Electric (GE) Energy, Abbott Laboratories, and Lockheed Martin Corp are leading firms in the industry. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, General Electric (GE) Energy offers the most; Supplier Quality Engineers earn $79K on average there.

Popular Skills for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


Supplier Quality Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Project Management, Supplier Management, and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like C++, Matlab, and SQL. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Supplier Quality Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $65K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $75K. Supplier Quality Engineers bring in $77K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Supplier Quality Engineer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $80K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,869

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Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Supplier Quality Engineers, 15 percent above the national average. Supplier Quality Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+15 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), Milwaukee (+10 percent), and Detroit (+9 percent). Seattle ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 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
$71,000


Skills That Affect Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salaries

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 8%


Auditing
up arrow 4%

Supplier Management
up arrow 4%

Six Sigma Green Belt
up arrow 1%

Quality Improvement / QA
0%

Problem Solving
0%

National Average
$71,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

SolidWorks
up arrow 4%

Matlab
up arrow 7%

SQL
up arrow 7%

C++
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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