Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salary

The average Supplier Quality Engineer in the United States earns approximately $69K per year. In the world of Supplier Quality Engineers, overall income ranges from $51K near the bottom to $90K at the top; this can include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. Almost all claim medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision coverage. Most Supplier Quality Engineers survey respondents are men (75 percent). The majority of Supplier Quality Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,531 - $87,680
(Median)
$52K
$69K
$88K
MEDIAN: $69,365
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$14.58 - $42.86
(Median)
$15
$27
$43
MEDIAN: $27.00
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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
$51,531 - $87,680  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,103  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $6,904  
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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$50,846 - $90,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 954
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.58 - $42.86  
   
Overtime
$18.38 - $58.72  
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 - $8,103  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $6,904  
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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$50,846 - $90,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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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. Average pay for a Supplier Quality Engineering Manager is $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)


General Electric Co (GE), General Electric (GE) Energy, Abbott Laboratories, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Medtronic, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Supplier Quality Engineers. General Electric (GE) Energy leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $79K.

Popular Skills for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Statistical Analysis, Pro/Engineer, Auditing, and Supplier Management 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 SolidWorks. The majority of those who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Quality Improvement / QA also know Microsoft Office.

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. 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 $74K. Supplier Quality Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $76K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $79K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Supplier Quality Engineers, 16 percent above the national average. Supplier Quality Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+12 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), Detroit (+9 percent), and Milwaukee (+7 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 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
$70,000


Skills That Affect Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 8%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Auditing
up arrow 4%

Supplier Management
up arrow 4%

Problem Solving
up arrow 2%

Quality Improvement / QA
0%

National Average
$70,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%



SQL
up arrow 6%

SolidWorks
up arrow 10%

Matlab
up arrow 11%

C++
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 7%
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