Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salary

Pay for Supplier Quality Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $69K per year. Total cash compensation to Supplier Quality Engineers approaches anywhere from $50K on the lower end to $90K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but years of experience and the individual firm are influential factors as well. The majority of Supplier Quality Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. 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. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$50,957 - $87,396
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$51K
$69K
$87K
MEDIAN: $68,848
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$13.40 - $42.56
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$13
$26
$43
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$50,957 - $87,396  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,051  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $6,040  
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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$50,210 - $90,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 916
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.40 - $42.56  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $55.68  
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 - $8,051  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $6,040  
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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$50,210 - $90,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63

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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 it's uncommon, some Supplier Quality Engineers move into roles as Supplier Quality Engineering Managers, where pay is an average $99K per year. With an annual salary of $84K, Senior Supplier Quality Engineer is the most common role for Supplier Quality Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Quality Assurance Manager role — which usually pays $68K — is also typical for Supplier Quality Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


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 report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Problem Solving, Supplier Management, Auditing, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks, C++, and Matlab. Those proficient in Quality Improvement / QA are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control are also skilled in 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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 $73K. Supplier Quality Engineers bring in $75K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $79K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston 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 San Diego (+12 percent), Detroit (+9 percent), Milwaukee (+8 percent), and Kansas City (+7 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Auburn Hills and Austin (2 percent less).

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



Problem Solving
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Project Management
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National Average
$70,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 3%


SQL
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Matlab
up arrow 10%

C++
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SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 159 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
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 7%