$56,734
Avg. Salary
$18.85
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,963

Bonus

$2,447

Profit Sharing

$3,700

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist is $18.85 per hour.

The average pay for a Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist is $56,734 per year.

$13.46
10%
$18.85
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$30.34
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MEDIAN $18.85
$39k
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$57k
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$86k
90%
MEDIAN $56,734
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$0$85K
Salary $38,774 - $85,664
Bonus $520 - $9,620
Profit Sharing $974 - $7,308
Commission $3,700
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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$32,624 - $82,255
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,756
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $13.46 - $30.34
Hourly Tips $0.77
Overtime $18.96 - $43.41
Annual Data $0$82K
Bonus $520 - $9,620
Commission $3,700
Profit Sharing $974 - $7,308
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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$32,624 - $82,255
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,311

Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist

Quality assurance specialists work in a variety of fields, including manufacturing (in which this position mostly entails physical labor) and firms that provide a service, such as consulting (where QA specialists develop strategies and techniques to ensure that all clients receive a similar high level of quality and helpfulness). Regardless of the industry in which they work, QA specialists have a keen eye for detail and a strong understanding of their company's manufacturing or service processes.

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Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Tasks
  • Support quality related customer complaint investigations and trending activities.
  • Carry out annual product reviews.
  • Support the development and implementation of improved quality reporting measures.
  • Perform training in all aspects of Quality Management Systems.

Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


The Boeing Company, Nosco Inc., Gilead Sciences, Inc., U.S. Department of Defense, and Amgen Corporation are all popular places to work. Quality Assurance Specialists flock to Amgen Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $83K lead the pack in compensation. Soaring salaries can also be found at Gilead Sciences, Inc., The Boeing Company, and GlaxoSmithKline, where earnings of $82K, $79K, or $78K are standard for Quality Assurance Specialists.

The lowest salaries can be found at Nosco Inc. — median pay is $34K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $32K and only reaching $50K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc. at $49K, New York Organ Donor Network at $53K, and Amazon.com Inc, where $53K is the norm.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


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There are some Quality Assurance Specialists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Quality Assurance Directors, where earnings are an average $110K annually. Typical career progression for a Quality Assurance Specialist involves becoming a Quality Assurance Manager or a Quality Manager, roles that pay $20K more and $24K more on average.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in GMP Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, Internal Audit, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Regulatory Compliance, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Quality Improvement / QA also know Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 1,699 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 907 salaries. An experienced Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 688 salaries. A Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 228 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,628

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

Surpassing the national average by 47 percent, Quality Assurance Specialists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Quality Assurance Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+23 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), Minneapolis (+21 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 13 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (2 percent lower) and Dallas (1 percent lower).

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Advice

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

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Arlington:
"Balanced Workload."
Always ask what positions make up the organizational structure in the department.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Littleton:
"Stress, Flexibility, Multitask, Computers, Batch Records."
Pros: Being responsible for for myself and companies QA Paperwork, Multitasking, Ensuring a Quality Product is made, Auditing, Learning New things, Batch Records, Computers, Employees in my department.
Cons: Stress, Long Hours, Low pay,

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Seattle:
"Fun to see all types of Antique high end jewelry."
Pros: Great facility, very high end store.
Cons: Lack of advancement opportunities.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Chicago:
"Work flexbility."
Pros: The people that I work with and providing quality product to the war fighter that protect our country the USA.
Cons: None.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Sumner:
"Making it right."
Pros: The ability to correct discrepancies and get product to the customer, despite challenges is rewarding.
Cons: Fighting old corporate culture and sticks in the mud resisting doing things a better way, where we all win.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Washington:
"Lab/Office enviroment."
Pros: Data entry onto test reports.
Cons: Auditing.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in New York:
Pros: I enjoy studying quanitivative and qualitive analysis, as well as monitoring the phones.
Cons: Need room for growth, there is none here.

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1105 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salaries

▲20%

▲19%

▲10%

National Average
$51,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1105 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 13%