Vice President (VP), Quality Salary

VPs of Quality command the highest salaries in California; the three top-paying cities are San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego. 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 $56K from bonuses and more than $50K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. More than half of VPs of Quality (62 percent) survey respondents are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$93,825 - $211,095
MEDIAN: $149,886

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National Salary Data (?
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$93,825 - $211,095  
$4,821 - $55,679  
Profit Sharing
$1,009 - $49,732  
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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).
$99,850 - $261,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 528
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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

Survey results show that VPs of Quality use a fair number of 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. For most people, competency in Quality Improvement / QA indicates knowledge of 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $113K on average. For VPs of Quality, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $164K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $177K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $166,477

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

VPs of Quality earn a generous sum in the state of California: In particular, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego have higher pay rates than anywhere else in the country, each offering salaries above the national average. The lowest-paying market is Milwaukee, which sits 27 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in Los Angeles and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 11 percent less, 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

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 49 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%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 6%