December 2008


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A DMAIC Makeover

by Stauffer, Rip

Define, measure, Analyze, improve and control (DMAIC) is the common roadmap for Six Sigma projects. But there are potential weaknesses in this roadmap that could be addressed with a simple, proven adjustment to DMAIC....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 4: Salary by ASQ and RABQSA International Certification

by QP Staff

When it comes to ASQ certification, one is good, but more is better....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 8: Salary by Number of Years in Current Position

by QP Staff

No matter how you look at the data, job seniority has little effect on salaries....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 2: Salary by U.S. Regions and Canadian Province

by QP Staff

In the United States, the East South Central region is home to the lowest-paid quality professionals....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 14: Salary by Organization's Quality Infrastructure

by QP Staff

More than 80% of the U.S. and Canadian survey respondents are members of their organizations’ quality department. The size of that department varies, depending on the size of the organization and division in which the respondents work....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 12: Salary by Industry

by QP Staff

U.S. and Canadian survey respondents are a lot alike when it comes to the industries in which they work....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 3: Salary by Number of Years Experience in the Quality Field

by QP Staff

Year in and year out, general salary survey results have shown respondents’ salaries increase as their experience in the quality field increases. This year is no exception....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 13: Salary by Geographic Location

by QP Staff

In all, 99% of the people who participated in this year’s salary survey work in the United States (including the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam) or Canada....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 10: Salary by Number of Employees Overseen

by QP Staff

In the United States, 54.1% of the respondents indicated that their job duties include overseeing other employees. In Canada, the percentage is slightly higher at 59%....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 9: Salary by Number of Years in Current Position and in the Quality Field

by QP Staff

Like many professionals in other fields, quality professionals typically have spent quite a few years working in quality, but not necessarily a lot of years at their current job....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 20: Size of Raise and Additional Payments

by QP Staff

This year, 72.5% of the U.S. respondents and 72.1% of the Canadian respondents expect to receive bonuses (which include other types of additional annual payments such as profit sharing and deferred payments but not overtime or insurance)....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 2, Section 22: Base Earnings by Consulting Experience and RABQSA International Certification

by QP Staff

Section 8 in the regular employee results reveals that the number of years spent in a position has little impact on regular employees’ salaries. What about self-employed consultants?...


Salary Survey 2008: Part 2, Section 23: Hourly and Daily Rates

by QP Staff

When the self-employed consultants were asked in last year’s salary survey whether they charge clients by the hour, day or some other way, many consultants noted that they charge by the hour and day, and they charge by the project....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 15: Salary by Extent of Quality Responsibilities

by QP Staff

What percentage of employees have quality responsibilities stated in their job descriptions where you work? If it’s below 26%, your organization is a lot like the organizations that many of the survey respondents work for....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 19: Salary by Gender and Age

by QP Staff

When QP first began publishing the salary survey two decades ago, only 13.1% of the U.S. respondents were women. Since then, the percentage of women in the quality field has increased significantly....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 16: Salary by Highest Level of Education

by QP Staff

More than 90% of all the survey respondents have furthered their education past high school. Most often, they reported that their highest level of education is a bachelor’s degree, with 44.7% earning one....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 11: Salary by Division Size, Organization Size and Location of Headquarters

by QP Staff

Most often, the survey respondents work for small divisions in small organizations with headquarters in North America....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 1: Salary by Job Title

by QP Staff

The vast majority of respondents who participated in this year’s salary survey are full-time regular employees—in other words, they work 36 or more hours per week for a company or organization....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 2, Section 21: Base Earnings by Quality Experience, Education, ASQ Certification and Six Sigma Training

by QP Staff

In 2002, QP started tracking whether self-employed consultants wore one hat or two—that is, whether they worked as self-employed consultants only or whether they worked for a company and offered consulting services outside their company-related duties....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 5: Salary by Six Sigma Training

by QP Staff

Putting down that you completed Six Sigma training looks good on a résumé, but does it result in higher pay? There’s a good chance it will....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 17: Salary by Highest Level of Education and Number of Years in the Quality Field

by QP Staff

The salary survey results show that respondents’ salaries typically increase as their level of education increases (see Section 16) and as their level of experience in the quality field increases (see Section 3)....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 7: Salary by Nonexempt vs. Exempt Status

by QP Staff

Overall, 85.3% of the U.S. respondents and 73.4% of the Canadian respondents don’t get paid for overtime (they are exempt employees)....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 2, Section 24: Base Earnings and Rates by Age, Gender and Geographic Location

by QP Staff

The profiles of self-employed consultants in the United States and Canada are pretty similar. The U.S. consultants are mostly men who are 46 to 55 years old, whereas the Canadian consultants are mostly men who are 36 to 55 years old....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 18: Salary by RABQSA International Certification

by QP Staff

As Section 4 in the regular employee results noted, 1,263 respondents (14%) have earned RABQSA certifications. These respondents hold 22 out of the 33 RABQSA certifications listed in the salary survey....


Salary Survey 2008: Part 1, Section 6: Salary by Number of Work Hours

by QP Staff

If you work more than 40 hours per week, you’re not alone....


Open Access

Salary Survey 2008: Seeing Green

by Allen, I. Elaine





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