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Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salary (United States)

For Supplier Quality Engineers, yearly wages usually total $68K annually. Total incomes of Supplier Quality Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $8K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $49K and $91K. While geography and the particular employer impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. Nearly all get medical and dental insurance, and most get vision plans, too. Male Supplier Quality Engineers are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's 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  
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  
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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It's not very common for Supplier Quality Engineers to move on to become Supplier Quality Engineering Managers. Typical pay for a Supplier Quality Engineering Manager is $97K annually. Becoming a Senior Supplier Quality Engineer or a Quality Assurance Manager is, however, a more typical career progression for Supplier Quality Engineers.

Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)

Those at General Electric (GE) Energy can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $79K. General Electric (GE) Energy also scrapes the bottom of the pay scale.

Popular Skills for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)

Supplier Quality Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SolidWorks, C++, and Matlab. It is often found that people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control are also skilled 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $62K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $72K. Supplier Quality Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $75K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $80K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — a majority of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining roughly one in seven.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$69,000
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For Supplier Quality Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Supplier Quality Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+15 percent), Milwaukee (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), and Kansas City (+9 percent). With compensation 1 percent below the national average, Indianapolis 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
$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
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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%