Vice President (VP), Quality Salary

Salaries for VPs of Quality in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($150K) per year. In the world of VPs of Quality, overall income ranges from $100K near the bottom to $261K at the top; this can include more than $58K from bonuses and more than $50K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most VPs of Quality. There are more male VPs of Quality than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 62 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$93,925 - $211,965

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National Salary Data (?
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$93,925 - $211,965  
$4,821 - $57,555  
Profit Sharing
$1,004 - $50,251  
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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).
$99,740 - $260,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 515
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Job Description for Vice President (VP), Quality

The essential function of a vice president of quality is to ensure that the employees throughout the company are trained and performing properly to produce quality products and/or services. The vice president of quality must be highly knowledgeable person about the products and services offered by their organization, developing and refining the statistics and processes to assess quality and determine effective improvements. This is typically a full time position that takes place in an office setting. The vice president of quality generally reports to the chief executive officer (CEO) of their organization, providing information and solutions as needed.


Vice President (VP), Quality Tasks

  • Promote consensus and quality throughout the company.
  • Focus quality initiatives on a pro-active rather a reactive structure.
  • Create an environment conducive to continuous quality improvement and implements systems to nurture quality excellence.
  • Create and communicate an overall vision for quality within the company, setting goals and recommending organizational changes to achieve these goals.
  • Communicate the company‚Äôs quality system to customers.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Quality

VPs of Quality report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Total Quality Management, Regulatory Compliance, Quality Improvement / QA, and Six Sigma Black Belt are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Project Management, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Six Sigma Black Belt. Those familiar with Quality Improvement / QA also tend to know Total Quality Management (TQM).

Pay by Experience Level for Vice President (VP), Quality

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

VPs of Quality with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $121K per year. VPs of Quality bring in $165K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $175K.

Pay Difference by Location

VPs of Quality will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 62 percent. VPs of Quality will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+27 percent), San Jose (+27 percent), San Diego (+25 percent), and Pittsburgh (+22 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a VP of Quality's salary, with Milwaukee VPs of Quality earning salaries that are 27 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Detroit and Los Angeles (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Quality Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Quality Salaries

Total Quality Management (TQM)
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Regulatory Compliance
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Quality Improvement / QA
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National Average

Six Sigma Black Belt
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.


38 %
62 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 6%