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Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salary

Supplier Quality Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $68K per year. Cash earnings for Supplier Quality Engineers — including $8K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $50K to $91K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career length and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. Most Supplier Quality Engineers survey respondents are men (75 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$50,751 - $87,493
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MEDIAN: $68,496
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$50,751 - $87,493  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,079  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $7,000  
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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$49,689 - $90,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 903
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$12.79 - $40.63  
   
Overtime
$18.55 - $54.94  
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 - $8,079  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $7,000  
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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$49,689 - $90,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Supplier Quality Engineers sometimes become Supplier Quality Engineering Managers, where the average income is $98K per year. Becoming a Senior Supplier Quality Engineer is, more often than not, the most common role that Supplier Quality Engineers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $84K. Another frequent advance is for Supplier Quality Engineers to assume a Quality Assurance Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $68K.

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Popular Skills for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


Supplier Quality Engineers seem to wield many 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 between 3 percent and 5 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SolidWorks, C++, and Matlab. Most people experienced in Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know 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.


For Supplier Quality Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $63K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $72K. Supplier Quality Engineers bring in $75K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $80K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


For Supplier Quality Engineers, working in the bustling city of Detroit has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Supplier Quality Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+11 percent), Milwaukee (+8 percent), Kansas City (+8 percent), and Minneapolis (+6 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers in Los Angeles and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salaries



Project Management
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 2%

National Average
$69,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%


Pro/Engineer
up arrow 7%

Matlab
up arrow 10%

C++
up arrow 13%

SolidWorks
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 7%