Salary Survey 2012: Facing Tight Times

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Hansen, Max Christian   (ASQ)   Bright Hat Communications, Inc., Rancho Cordova, CA

Quality Progress    Vol. 45    No. 12
QICID: 35349    December 2012    pp. 18-22

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Article Abstract

The 2012 QP Salary Survey did not reveal any significant change from the preceding year in average salaries of quality professionals in the United States and Canada. The salary stagnation probably stems from the economic recession that began in 2008. Salary matters become more urgent in an uncertain, stagnant economy. Quality professionals may want to consider strategies to manage controllable career factors or levers, such as job tenure, quality experience, and geographic location. Results of the 2012 QP Salary Survey reinforce the author's evaluation of education as one of the most powerful and potentially rewarding career levers. Graphs, tables, and commentary in the article provide detailed statistical information on salary by job title; salary by U.S. regions and Canadian provinces; salary by number of years in the quality field; and salary by ASQ and RABQSA international certification. One significant finding was that any ASQ certification is associated with a higher salary, but salaries are higher for those who hold more than one certification. Twenty additional sections available only online provide results showing how quality professional salaries correlate with other factors.

Keywords

QP Salary Survey, career development


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