The average pay for a Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer is $21.89 per hour.
The average pay for a Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer is $64,687 per year.
|Salary||$48,092 - $88,657|
|Bonus||$313 - $7,958|
|Profit Sharing||$201 - $8,036|
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|$43,735 - $89,165|
|Hourly Rate||$14.49 - $32.18|
|Overtime||$18.01 - $45.64|
|Bonus||$313 - $7,958|
|Profit Sharing||$201 - $8,036|
|Total Pay (||$43,735 - $89,165|
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.Read More...
QA/QC engineers must make sure that their product complies with industry standards set by state and federal law as well as the standards of the company for whom they work. Another responsibility they have is to make sure that the processes and machinery or materials used to make their products are also safe for the employees. When there is any kind of quality issue, they must take the steps to fix the problem, even if this means halting production. They try to work out any issues that may arise while in development, but they must still be able to handle any issues that happen during production. QA/QC engineers observe production and they usually report to an operating supervisor or a production manager. They generally work in the factories or plants where the products are made but they also may have offices as well. Their work hours often vary based on when their company is running production: Some companies only do this during "regular" business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Others may run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Requirements for this job also vary from company to company. Some companies desire a bachelor's or even master's degree specializing in the types of products they produce. An example would be an aeronautical engineering degree for someone who would work in the production of military jets for Lockheed Martin. Other companies do not require a college education and ask instead for a high school diploma and several years in the manufacturing industry.
The position of QA/QC engineers is important to everyone in ensuring that people receive satisfactory and safe products for use and consumption. If the position was skipped over, many more products in the market today would lead to customer dissatisfaction, injury or even death. (Copyright 2019 PayScale.com)
- 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.
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.
Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer
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.
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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
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.
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