Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salary

The average Quality Assurance Associate in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $55K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the company and years of experience. For the most part, Quality Assurance Associates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,329 - $78,935
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MEDIAN: $55,548
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$11.88 - $25.63
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$0$78K
Salary $36,329 - $78,935
Bonus $979 - $8,808
Profit Sharing $2,200
Commission $55.00
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$29,522 - $74,287
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 371
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $11.88 - $25.63
Overtime $18.04 - $41.01
Annual Data $0$74K
Bonus $979 - $8,808
Commission $55.00
Profit Sharing $2,200
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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$29,522 - $74,287
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 242

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Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate

The quality assurance (QA) associate ensures that a new product in development (usually software) meets standards for operating and usage. Frequently, this individual attempts to "break" the product under development, and report their experiences, successes, and failures to the team to use in future iterations or versions.

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Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Tasks

  • Work with organization members to audit, identify quality problems, and improve operational processes.
  • Write, maintain, and disseminate quality manuals and other documentation.
  • Investigate and diagnose quality complaints, track down components, and recommend corrective actions.
  • Verify logs, databases, and other data to track and flag quality concerns and improvements.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


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While not commonly seen, Quality Assurance Associates who transition into a Quality Assurance Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Quality Assurance Managers is $70K per year. However, becoming a Quality Assurance Specialist or Medical Devices Quality Engineer is a more frequent transition for Quality Assurance Associates.

Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


For Quality Assurance Associates, comfortable salaries can be found at Baxter International Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $58K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate


Quality Assurance Associates report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with SQL, Training, and GMP Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 13 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Document Management, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Quality Improvement / QA and Document Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate

Pay by Experience for a Quality Assurance (QA) Associate has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Assurance (QA) Associate with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 458 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Assurance (QA) Associate with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 169 salaries. An experienced Quality Assurance (QA) Associate which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 84 salaries. A Quality Assurance (QA) Associate with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 25 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,458

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

For Quality Assurance Associates, New York provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Quality Assurance Associates will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+28 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), St. Louis (+7 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 25 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in Cleveland and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (19 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Quality Assurance (QA) Associate?

Quality Assurance (QA) Associate in Rockford:
"An opportunity to grow in my education field."
Pros: I am able to help people to live.
Cons: Large duties but little pay and not enough hours.

Quality Assurance (QA) Associate in High Point:
Pros: I Love Taking Care Of People.
Cons: Having To Wake Up So Early.

Quality Assurance (QA) Associate in Austin:
"Great to start, hard to stay."
Pros: I enjoy working with my coworkers.
Cons: The pay could be better and the atmosphere of knowing that we get paid under market is unsettling. There is high turn over.

Quality Assurance (QA) Associate in Phoenix:
Pros: Culture, flexibility, office conditions.
Cons: Not enough recognition for QA.

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

▲19%

▲13%

▲5%

National Average
$48,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

SQL
▲29%

Training
▲11%

GMP Compliance
▲3%


▲1%

National Average
$48,000









Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 11%
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