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Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salary

Supplier Quality Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $69K per year. Cash earnings for Supplier Quality Engineers — including $8K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $50K to $91K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the company and years of experience. Most Supplier Quality Engineers survey respondents are men (75 percent). Medical and dental coverage is claimed by almost all, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,039 - $87,574
(Median)
$51K
$69K
$88K
MEDIAN: $69,127
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$13.18 - $42.75
(Median)
$13
$26
$43
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary 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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$51,039 - $87,574  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,080  
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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$50,345 - $90,578  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 933
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $42.75  
   
Overtime
$18.55 - $58.17  
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 - $8,080  
   
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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$50,345 - $90,578  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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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There are some Supplier Quality Engineers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Supplier Quality Engineering Managers, where earnings are an average $99K annually. A Senior Supplier Quality Engineer role is the most common promotion for Supplier Quality Engineers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $85K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Supplier Quality Engineers is a Quality Assurance Manager position, where earnings are usually $68K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


For Supplier Quality Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at General Electric (GE) Energy; in fact, median earnings sit around $79K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


Supplier Quality Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Statistical Analysis, Supplier Management, Auditing, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include C++, Matlab, and SolidWorks. Most people familiar with Quality Improvement / QA also know Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are similarly competent 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.


For Supplier Quality Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $64K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $73K. Supplier Quality Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $76K. Supplier Quality Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 14 percent, Supplier Quality Engineers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Supplier Quality Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+12 percent), Detroit (+9 percent), Milwaukee (+8 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of 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 11%



Project Management
up arrow 4%

Problem Solving
up arrow 3%

Pro/Engineer
0%

National Average
$70,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 1%



SQL
up arrow 5%


Matlab
up arrow 11%

SolidWorks
up arrow 11%

C++
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 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: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 7%
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