$54,328
Avg. Salary
$17.52
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,379

Bonus

$2,000

Profit Sharing

$55.00

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Quality Assurance (QA) Associate is $17.52 per hour.

The average pay for a Quality Assurance (QA) Associate is $54,328 per year.

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$12.33
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$17.52
50%
$25.81
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MEDIAN $17.52
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$37k
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$54k
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$78k
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MEDIAN $54,328
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MEDIAN: $54,328
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$0$77K
Salary $36,565 - $77,694
Bonus $659 - $6,745
Profit Sharing $103 - $6,593
Commission $55.00
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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$29,838 - $72,567
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 653
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $12.33 - $25.81
Overtime $18.50 - $38.67
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $659 - $6,745
Commission $55.00
Profit Sharing $103 - $6,593
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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$29,838 - $72,567
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 496

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 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

3%

-12%

-13%

National Average: $47,409

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 Auburn:
"Review."
Pros: Not far from home and close to the college I attend.
Cons: Bad city drivers and the town is crowded.

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 Malvern:
"Procedural Position."
Create and revise procedures and improve workflow. Identify errors and trends. Identify any possibly fraudulent activity. Project work throughout the year.

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

Quality Assurance (QA) Associate in Oceanside:
"Keep Learning New Areas And Skills."
Keep asking for new tasks and responsibilities to increase your abilities to become indispensable to your boss.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Associate

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 199 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

▲22%

▲15%

▲8%

National Average
$47,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Associate Salaries

SQL
▲32%

Training
▲13%

GMP Compliance
▲5%


▲3%

National Average
$47,000









Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 14%