Supplier Quality Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $71K per year. In the world of Supplier Quality Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $9K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $52K and $94K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by the particular city and experience level. Work is enjoyable for Supplier Quality Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. 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. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$53,652 - $91,698
(Median)
$54K
$71K
$92K
MEDIAN: $71,089
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$16.06 - $41.32
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$16
$28
$41
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$53,652 - $91,698  
   
Bonus
$497.21 - $9,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,340  
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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$52,211 - $94,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 844
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.06 - $41.32  
   
Overtime
$19.13 - $52.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$497.21 - $9,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,340  
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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$52,211 - $94,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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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For Supplier Quality Engineers, progressing to a Supplier Quality Engineering Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Supplier Quality Engineering Manager can earn $100K annually. Senior Supplier Quality Engineers or Quality Managers are common next-step roles for Supplier Quality Engineers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Supplier Quality Engineers is $14K higher on average, and it's $1K higher for Quality Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


Dominating the field, General Electric Co (GE), General Electric (GE) Energy, Medtronic, Inc., The Boeing Company, and Abbott Laboratories are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Supplier Quality Engineers. Those at General Electric (GE) Energy can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $81K. Also paying near the top of the field are The Boeing Company at $77K, General Electric Co (GE) at $74K, and Johnson Controls Inc, where Supplier Quality Engineers annually earn $72K.

Lockheed Martin Corp, Medtronic, Inc., and Abbott Laboratories are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($62K, $67K, and $72K respectively).

Popular Skills for Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)


Survey results imply that Supplier Quality Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Lean Manufacturing, Pro/Engineer, Project Management, and Supplier Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C++, Matlab, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know 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.


Supplier Quality Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $65K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $76K. Supplier Quality Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $80K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $82K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,863

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Supplier Quality Engineers, 17 percent higher than the national average. Supplier Quality Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Indianapolis (+10 percent), and Auburn Hills (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Milwaukee, 13 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Grand Rapids and 7 percent less in Seattle, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
$72,000


Skills That Affect Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE) Salaries

Lean Manufacturing
up arrow 10%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 7%


Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 3%

Supplier Management
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Six Sigma Green Belt
up arrow 2%

Auditing
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National Average
$72,000

Problem Solving
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

SolidWorks
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Matlab
up arrow 5%

C++
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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