Vice President (VP), Quality Salary

The market for VPs of Quality is most competitive in California, where the three top-paying cities can be found: San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego. In the world of VPs of Quality, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $54K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $41K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $98K and $255K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for VPs of Quality is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$92,092 - $209,454
MEDIAN: $147,548

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$92,092 - $209,454  
$3,085 - $54,088  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $40,695  
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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).
$98,372 - $255,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 488
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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’s quality system to customers.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Quality

VPs of Quality report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Most people experienced in Quality Improvement / QA also 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 a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $111K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $133K. VPs of Quality who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $156K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $170K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

VPs of Quality in San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego — the highest-paid cities for VPs of Quality in California and the United States — enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. VPs of Quality in Milwaukee report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (21 percent lower) and Tampa (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Quality Salaries

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Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Quality Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Six Sigma Black Belt

National Average

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 66 votes.


41 %
59 %

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: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 5%