Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salary

The average Medical Devices Quality Engineer in the United States earns approximately $71K per year. Total cash compensation to Medical Devices Quality Engineers bottoms out near $54K and approaches $100K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $9K from bonuses and almost $9K from profit sharing. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. There are more male Medical Devices Quality Engineers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 66 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$56,784 - $96,501
$57K
$71K
$97K
MEDIAN: $71,115
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$17.63 - $40.90
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$0$101K
Salary $56,784 - $96,501
Bonus $1,003 - $9,156
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,057
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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$54,779 - $101,034
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 980
Hourly Data $0$60
Hourly Rate $17.63 - $40.90
Overtime $24.44 - $60.30
Annual Data $0$101K
Bonus $1,003 - $9,156
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,057
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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$54,779 - $101,034
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 87

Job Description for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices

Quality engineers for medical devices are responsible for all aspects of quality assurance in the design and production of medical device products. They must design and implement tests that effectively, efficiently monitor the quality of the medical device in each stage of the production process. Due to the vital nature of the medical device field, quality engineers for medical devices must adhere to strict guidelines for quality and risk. Quality engineers work with clients, other internal departments, and regulatory agencies to establish precise requirements for new product standards. They then design and test the new product at various stages of the production process to ensure these standards are met. They periodically review older testing standards to ensure they meet current industry and client requirements. Once tests are completed, quality engineers provide feedback to design engineers on how to improve quality and meet product specifications as necessary.

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Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Tasks

  • Support new product development for design and quality related functions.
  • Initiate standards and methods for inspection, testing, and evaluation.
  • Responsible for product maintenance.

Common Career Paths for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices


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As Medical Devices Quality Engineers transition into upper-level roles like Quality Managers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Quality Managers earn the same amount as Medical Devices Quality Engineers on average.

Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices


Many Medical Devices Quality Engineers can be found at Medtronic, Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, Covidien, Stryker Corp., and Johnson & Johnson, firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at BD Medical — the median salary there is $103K. Kimberly Clark Corp, Abbott Laboratories, and Medtronic, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Medical Devices Quality Engineers earning around $101K, $86K, or $81K at each firm, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Zimmer Inc. ($66K), Covidien ($68K), and Johnson & Johnson ($68K).

Popular Skills for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices


Survey takers working as Medical Devices Quality Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Auditing, Statistical Analysis, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Visual Basic, Matlab, and SQL. Those proficient in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices

Pay by Experience for a Quality Engineer, Medical Devices has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Engineer, Medical Devices with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 614 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Engineer, Medical Devices with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 256 salaries. An experienced Quality Engineer, Medical Devices which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 159 salaries. A Quality Engineer, Medical Devices with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 39 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,350

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

Fremont offers some of the highest pay in the country for Medical Devices Quality Engineers, 30 percent above the national average. Medical Devices Quality Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+17 percent), Irvine (+14 percent), Cleveland (+10 percent), and San Diego (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Boston. Below-median salaries also turn up in Warsaw and Oklahoma City (8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Quality Engineer, Medical Devices?

Quality Engineer, Medical Devices in Seattle:
"Life as a young QE."
Pros: Plenty of responsibility and technical challenge. I get to lead cross-functional teams and facilitate many types of meetings from root cause analysis, action-planning, and risk-based decision making. My manager mostly lets me operate independently. I work in sustaining engineering, new product development, process improvement initiatives, and quality investigations, so I don't usually feel like I am doing the same thing over and over again.
Cons: It can be a thankless job. Since you are usually working on multiple unrelated projects with multiple managers that do not talk to eachother, it can be hard to not become over-resourced. Additionally, when a product quality issue arises you have to drop everything and address it. This issue would probably be lessened if your manager actually understands the work involved in what you do. The job also requires a high level of attention to detail as a major component is technical documentation review and critiquing it through an auditor's lens. While this can be interesting, the quality of your work is usually hidden except to the document owner who's name goes on the finished piece. Management of course does not usually see this review and will be confused as to why it takes so long and is such a burden on your resources. Lastly, the main focus of the job is reviewing, delegating and coordinating other people's work. It can be hard to feel like you produced something of your own.

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Key Stats for Quality Engineer, Medical Devices

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 158 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salaries

▲27%

▲22%

▲11%

National Average
$72,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Quality Engineer, Medical Devices Salaries


▲5%





Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼0%

National Average
$72,000




▼4%

Pro/Engineer
▼6%

▼8%

SQL
▼8%

Visual Basic (VB)
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 10%