Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salary

Quality Assurance Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $55K per year on average. Cash earnings for Quality Assurance Specialists — including $8K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $32K to $80K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Quality Assurance Specialists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 62 percent. Most Quality Assurance Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,110 - $84,237
$38K
$55K
$84K
MEDIAN: $55,497
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$13.19 - $30.18
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MEDIAN: $18.38
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$0$84K
Salary $38,110 - $84,237
Bonus $575 - $8,665
Profit Sharing $710 - $7,397
Commission $600
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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$32,009 - $80,535
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,192
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $13.19 - $30.18
Hourly Tips $0.77
Overtime $18.70 - $43.39
Annual Data $0$80K
Bonus $575 - $8,665
Commission $600
Profit Sharing $710 - $7,397
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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$32,009 - $80,535
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,304

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.

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 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.

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: $49,969

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 Reviews

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

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Bloomington:
"Provider Protector."
Pros: Independent, but as a team. Everyone has to pull their own weight.
Cons: The pay. And not having a present and local manager available.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Houston:
"Work flexibility."
Pros: Independence in work flexibility, relaxed corporate culture, management.
Cons: Under paid.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Hollywood:
"It’s not what you know it’s all about you knows you on top."
Pros: Pays the bill.
Cons: You learn about how many ways others climb the ladder of leadership without any specialized knowledge or leadership mindset.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Garden Grove:
"Vast exposure to scientific methods."
Pros: I like that you are constantly learning about different scientific methods, instruments, compounds, and the ability to work with both project managers and lab managers.
Cons: I don't like that you are sitting most of the day staring at a screen.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Richmond:
Pros: Exposure to something new and/or different everyday.
Cons: The hours of work, and lack of appreciation.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Mankato:
"Interesting."
Pros: Working with people. Creating change. Impacting lives. Advocating. Training. Helping. Teaching. Flexibility. Own office. Mileage.
Cons: Long hours. Stressful. Long Drive. Negative.

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in Los Angeles:
Pros: Everything helping people fulfill their goal.
Cons: Expectations continuity of sanms.

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 603 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salaries

▲21%

▲20%

▲11%

National Average
$50,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 603 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 12%