Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salary

Median pay for Quality Assurance Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.44 per hour. In the world of Quality Assurance Technicians, overall income ranges from $28K near the bottom to $53K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by tenure and the specific company. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Quality Assurance Technicians (58 percent) who responded to the survey. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,865 - $58,110
$32K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,409
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$12.39 - $22.46
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MEDIAN: $16.54
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$0$58K
Salary $31,865 - $58,110
Bonus $0.00 - $3,105
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,750
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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$27,703 - $53,075
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 441
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.39 - $22.46
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $17.29 - $33.83
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,105
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,750
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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$27,703 - $53,075
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,642

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Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician

  • Develop and implement processes, procedures, forms, work instructions and tools to monitor and improve Quality Assurance processes.
  • Review and approve SOPs, work instructions, forms and validation plans from other departments on behalf of Quality Assurance.
  • Review and approve documents related to Quality Assurance investigations.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician


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As Quality Assurance Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Quality Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Quality Managers earn $73K on average per year. The most common next step for a Quality Assurance Technician is to become a Quality Assurance Manager or a Quality Assurance Specialist. The former position pays an additional $32K per year on average, and the latter position pays $11K more per year.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician


Those at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $43K.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician


Quality Assurance Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting, Technical Analysis, and Internal Audit are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 8 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Entry. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in Data Analysis. Those proficient in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are, more often than not, also skilled in Quality Improvement / QA, Data Analysis, and Auditing.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician

Pay by Experience for a Quality Assurance (QA) Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Assurance (QA) Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 1,296 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Assurance (QA) Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 498 salaries. An experienced Quality Assurance (QA) Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 371 salaries. A Quality Assurance (QA) Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 166 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,826

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

For Quality Assurance Technicians, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+17 percent), Charlotte (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and St. Louis (+10 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Cleveland and 4 percent less in Milwaukee, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Reviews

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

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Chicago:
"Quality is life."
Pros: Part of making good quality parts. Ensuring that the company keeps its production to high standards.
Cons: How long it takes to correct a problem in quality.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Melbourne:
"QAT."
Pros: I enjoy working with a wide variety of people on a daily basis. I like going home feeling like I've made a positive difference in the days of my coworkers.
Cons: This job can be tiring and stressful. People aren't always great with change and constructive criticism.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Virginia Beach:
"Great New Job."
Pros: The People and the Environment are excellent.
Cons: I haven't found anything I don't like yet.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Paris:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Ability to help and resolve issues or problems that arise. Teamwork.
Cons: People on your own team saying bad things or degrading you behind your back.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in St. Marys:
"Stressful, often make people upset...rules change often."
Pros: People are great. I feel needed.no downtime!
Cons: No recognition... Long hours...alot of stress.

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Minneapolis:
"Designing, training, and implementing QA procedures."
Pros:
Cons:

Quality Assurance (QA) Technician in Morris:
"Interesting and challenging learning constantly."
Pros: Learning new things everyday. Interacting with different people.
Cons: The limited opportunity for growth of salary but constant addition of responsibility.

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Technician

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 393 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salaries

▲14%

▲11%

▲3%

National Average
$38,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
▲20%



▲3%


▲2%




National Average
$38,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼1%

Safety Compliance
▼1%



Microsoft Word
▼2%

Data Entry
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 393 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 15%
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