What Matters Most

Annual salary survey reveals deeper trends

We spend a lot of time here at ASQ delving into what it means to be a member of this organization. What does the experience feel like? Are people able to find what they want in a sea of offerings? Are we publishing articles and providing tools that help our readers do their jobs better, and how do we best use the resources we have at our disposal to create the valuable benefits our members need and deserve?

In addressing these questions, so much of it boils down to one core concept: Careers. Many of ASQ’s tools, resources, information and opportunities exist so that we can help you navigate and succeed in your career. Often, that is how you found us to begin with.

Take the QP Salary Survey, for example. This annual report—celebrating its 30th year—is not just a comprehensive view of salaries across the nation and around the globe—it is so much more. The careful analysis and history provided in this report reveal subtleties (and not-so-subtle findings) about the driving factors behind earnings, job satisfaction, company culture and more.

The first article in the salary survey bundle is "Follow the Signs." The section covers four key areas tied to income. You can find the rest of this detailed report and 22 more sections on a dedicated webpage, www.qualityprogress.com/salarysurvey. We offer the report in several ways we hope you find useful—the full report, specific sections, an online salary calculator and other career-related resources and links, including a webcast narrated by the study’s author, as well as ASQ TV episodes on careers and salary.

Not finding everything you need? Send feedback to ssanders@asq.org and we’ll consider it as an improvement opportunity for next year’s installment.

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Seiche Sanders

Seiche Sanders

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