Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer Salary

The average Quality Control Engineer in the United States earns approximately $64K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $8K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Quality Control Engineers can bottom out near $43K or peak near $89K depending on individual performance. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Quality Control Engineers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Quality Control Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$47,726 - $88,449
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MEDIAN: $64,399
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$0$89K
Salary $47,726 - $88,449
Bonus $101.55 - $8,909
Profit Sharing $250.00 - $7,742
Commission $1,000
Total Pay (?
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).
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$42,956 - $89,278
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,044
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $13.92 - $32.81
Overtime $16.12 - $45.15
Annual Data $0$89K
Bonus $101.55 - $8,909
Commission $1,000
Profit Sharing $250.00 - $7,742
Total Pay (?
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).
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$42,956 - $89,278
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 197

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Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer

Quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC) engineers are responsible for ensuring the quality of products and services produced by their company. They oversee the manufacturing of products and they are involved in every stage of making a product--from development and manufacturing to packaging.

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Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer Tasks

  • Perform and coordinate inspections and determine quality assurance testing models of raw materials and finished products.
  • Prepare, document, and execute detailed test plans, test cases, and defect reports.
  • Review and approve quality requirements for manufacturing planning, supplier purchase orders, and engineering specifications to ensure contract compliance.
  • Develop, document, and audit practices, program quality, and metrics reporting system.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer


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At the upper end, Quality Control Engineers who move into a Test Automation Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Test Automation Engineers is a much higher $88K per year. Career advancement for the typical Quality Control Engineer often leads to becoming a Quality Manager or a Quality Assurance Manager; median salaries in these positions are $10K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer


For Quality Control Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at General Electric Co (GE); in fact, median earnings sit around $80K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer


Quality Control Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Six Sigma Black Belt, Process Improvement, Six Sigma Green Belt, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD and Microsoft Excel. Most people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 577 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 347 salaries. An experienced Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 275 salaries. A Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 139 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,436

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

For those looking to make money, Quality Control Engineers in Montgomery enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Quality Control Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Greenville (+18 percent), and Detroit (+17 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Columbus. Employers pay around 8 percent less in New York and 5 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer?

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer in Bangalore:
"New Challenges."
Pros: New problem statement.
Cons: Data crunching.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer in Houston:
Pros: Sponsorship of visa.
Cons: No increase in salary.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer in Denver:
"Great experience for the analytical types."
Pros: Work environment, work flexibility, culture/atmosphere, ability/oportunity to grow.
Cons: Our quality lab is understaffed, our processes are difficult to maintain due to owners and CEO making exception calls on a relatively consistent basis. This is frustrating from a control/repeatability standpoint.

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 187 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer Salaries

▲14%

▲10%

▲6%

National Average
$63,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 11%
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