Vice President (VP), Quality Salary

VPs of Quality are most sought-after in California, which is home to the three top-paying cities in the field: San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego. Total cash compensation for VPs of Quality runs from $100K to $261K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $56K and profit sharing that can reach almost $50K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Men make up the majority of VPs of Quality (62 percent) survey respondents. 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

VPs of Quality seem to require a number of specific 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Six Sigma Black Belt. Most people familiar with 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $113K per year. VPs of Quality bring in $164K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $177K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $166,477

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

VPs of Quality can earn above-average salaries when they head west to California. Specifically, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego represent the three top-paying cities for VPs of Quality in the United States. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with VPs of Quality in Milwaukee earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Employers in Los Angeles and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 11 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

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%