2018

FOREWORD

Next Steps

Salary is important, as evidenced by the popularity of the QP Salary Survey year after year. In fact, the online salary survey is consistently one of the top clicks on qualityprogress.com year-round.

But one thing we know from producing this in-depth report each year is that salary is just one aspect of a complex equation that equals career satisfaction. Past salary survey reports delve deeper into identifying the factors that lead to overall satisfaction, and provide insights into the paths that lead quality professionals to achieving the career they want, from a monetary standpoint and beyond.

This year, you’ll find a summary of this past research to provide you with a clearer picture on the contributors to satisfaction. What certifications lead to bigger paychecks? What levels of education are most valued at what point in your career? What role do soft skills play in getting to the next level? And how does a culture of quality or an individual’s qualifications affect their position and satisfaction?

Use the research, found in section 26 at qualityprogress.com, to help you climb the ladder to the career you want.

While average salaries increased only modestly this year, it’s important to remember the picture of career health is much more nuanced, not to mention individualized. There is much that is within your control if you want to change course. The QP Salary Survey report, "The Next Rung," will give you a leg up on those next steps.

This survey report is a benefit only ASQ members receive—we hope you find it valuable and provide any feedback to help us improve it. Send comments to editor@asq.org.

For more career advice, turn to Career Coach. This month’s column focuses on common interview mistakes—and how to avoid them. Also consider subscribing to Career Connection enewsletter—a monthly resource for helping you navigate your career, at http://tinyurl.com/ASQCareer.

Seiche Sanders

Seiche Sanders

Editor in Chief and Publisher


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