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. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $54K and $48K, respectively — total cash payment to VPs of Quality can bottom out near $97K or peak near $256K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most VPs of Quality report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$91,513 - $209,739

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$91,513 - $209,739  
$3,059 - $54,367  
Profit Sharing
$1,004 - $48,479  
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$97,448 - $255,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 493
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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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. 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.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of VPs of Quality. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $111K per year. VPs of Quality with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $159K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $170K.

Pay Difference by Location

California is a land of opportunity for VPs of Quality. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego all offering salaries above the national rate. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with VPs of Quality in Milwaukee earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and Tampa (22 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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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

Regulatory Compliance
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Six Sigma Black Belt

National Average

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 13%

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.


40 %
60 %

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%