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Salary Survey 2015: A Winning Hand?

by Hansen, Max Christian;

This year's QP Salary Survey results are in, and salaries are up. For the largest group of respondents—full-time employees in the United States—the average salary experienced its largest increase since 2007 (Table 1)....


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 18: Salary by Exemplar Global Certification

by Hansen, Max Christian

Most popular Exemplar Global certifications in U. S. and Canada / TABLE 1 CertificationHolders in U. S. Holders in Canada Internal auditor 377 46 QMS lead auditor 324 41 QMS auditor 141 29 AS9100 auditor 122 7 IPC QMS lead auditor 64 10 Environmental sys...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 12: Salary by Industry

by Hansen, Max Christian

Other products 10.4 87,057 8.4 87,597 Paper and related products 1 84,455 1.5 64,150 Primary metals 1 83,530 0.3 120,000 Rubber and plastic products 3.3 76,060 4.3 83,120 Toys, sporting goods, pens, jewelry and miscellaneous products 0.3 96,886 0.3 73,00...


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Salary Survey 2015: Introduction. Reading This Report

by Hansen, Max Christian

Since last year’s QP Salary Survey, the global economy has seen some improvement. Perhaps that jolted quality professionals’ interest in the job market, giving them more reason to fill out the annual questionnaire....


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 1: Salary by Job Title

by Hansen, Max Christian

QP 27 Salary by job title for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 0 $ 30,000 $ 60,000 $ 90,000 $ 120,000 $ 150,000 Average salary Job title ( percentage of respondents) 47,649 48,015 54,584 61,266 64,971 73,915 76,019 78,572 80,377 81,282 83,302 85,360 90,727 9...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 2: Salary by U.S. Regions and Canadian Provinces

by Hansen, Max Christian

QP 33 QP SALARY SURVEY 2 0 1 5 Percentage of respondents and cost of living by state and territory / FIGURE 3 Alaska 0.1% 137 Washington 1.7% 104.1 Oregon 1.1% 128.5 California 9.3% 138.2 Nevada 0.3% 105.4 Idaho 0.3% 88.2 Montana 0% 102.1 Wyoming 0.1% 92...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 3: Salary by Number of Years of Experience in Quality Field

by Hansen, Max Christian

Part 1. Regular Employee Results Section 3. Salary by Number of Years of Experience in the Quality Field Experience Pays 31.8 31.9 32.9 29.5 29.6 31.4 34.2 34.2 38.6 36.6 32.9 36.4 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 2015 2013 2011 2009 More than 20 years 10.1 to 20...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 6: Salary by Number of Work Hours

by Hansen, Max Christian

Average number of hours per week for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 0 $ 20,000 $ 60,000 $ 100,000 $ 140,000 More than 60 hours ( 1.8%) 56- 60 hours ( 4.2%) 51- 55 hours ( 8.4%) 46- 50 hours ( 25.3%) 41- 45 hours ( 43%) 36- 40 hours ( 16.2%) 35 or fewer hou...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 7: Salary by Nonexempt vs. Exempt Status

by Hansen, Max Christian

Figure 2 includes results for: x Full- time employees, Part- time employees, x U. S. employees, x Canadian employees, International employees Exempt vs. nonexempt status by job title / FIGURE 2 0 100 0 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Percentage of respondents Exemp...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 9: Salary by by Number of of Years in Current Position and in the Quality Field

by Hansen, Max Christian

Cross- tabulation of the number of years in current position and in the quality field / TABLE 1 Years in quality field In a position less than 1 year In a position 1- 3 years In a position 3.1- 6 years In a position 6.1- 10 years In a position 10.1- 20 y...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 5: Salary by Six Sigma Training

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by highest level of Six Sigma training for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 Executive ( 0.4%) Champion ( 0.8%) Master Black Belt ( 4.1%) Black Belt ( 17.1%) Green Belt ( 21.4%) Yellow Belt ( 5.0%) None ( 51.2%) 0 $ 20,000 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ ...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 8: Salary by Number of Years in Current Position

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by time in current position for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 0 $ 20,000 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ 100,000 $ 120,000 More than 20 years ( 6.3%) 10.1- 20 years ( 13.3%) 6.1- 10 years ( 14.5%) 3.1- 6 years ( 19.2%) 1- 3 years ( 26.1%) Less than 1 ...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 4: Salary by ASQ and Exemplar Global Certification

by Hansen, Max Christian

Percentage of respondents holding ASQ certifications / TABLE 1 2009 2011 2013 2015 Certified quality auditor 24.9% 24.1% 23.9% 23.9% Certified quality engineer 22.6 22.8 22 20.7 Certified manager of quality/ organizational excellence 12.8 13.7 12.7 12.8 ...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 10: Salary by Number of Employees Overseen

by Hansen, Max Christian

08 Levels QP SALARY SURVEY 2 0 1 5 Historical look at the changes in the number of employees overseen / FIGURE 1 0 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 2014 2015 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Percentage of respondents In the past two years, the numbe...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 11: Salary by Division Size, Organization Size and Headquarters Location

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by organization size for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 More than 50,000 ( 15.1%) 10,001 to 50,000 ( 18.4%) 5,001 to 10,000 ( 11.1%) 1,001 to 5,000 ( 16.8%) 501 to 1,000 ( 7.5%) 101 to 500 ( 17%) 11 to 100 ( 12.2%) 10 or fewer ( 2%) $ 0 $ 20,000 $ 4...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 13: Salary by Geographic Location—United States and Canada

by Hansen, Max Christian

States and territories ranked by average salary / TABLE 1 District of Columbia $ 129,178 New York $ 95,742 Montana $ 87,567 Oregon $ 80,763 Alaska 107,000 Illinois 94,924 Pennsylvania 87,560 Mississippi 79,928 New Jersey 104,894 New Mexico 93,484 Florida...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 14: Salary by Organization’s Quality Infrastructure

by Hansen, Max Christian

Historical look at quality department size / FIGURE 1 39.5 37.3 38.4 40.1 35.7 24.2 38.4 43 42.2 43.5 41.9 41.6 42.2 41.5 17.4 20.5 18.1 18 22.7 33.6 20.2 0 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 2013 2014 38.8 43.6 17.6 2015 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 P...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 15: Salary by Extent of Quality Responsibilities

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by extent of quality duties for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 0 $ 20,000 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ 100,000 0% of duties are quality related ( 0.9%) 0.1 to 25% ( 6.9%) 25.1 to 50% ( 9.3%) 50.1 to 75% ( 15.6%) 75.1 to 100% ( 67.3%) Average salary ...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 16: Salary by Highest Level of Education

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by highest level of education for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 0 $ 20,000 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ 100,000 $ 120,000 $ 140,000 Doctorate ( 3.1%) Master's degree ( 31.8%) Bachelor's degree ( 44%) Associate degree ( 8.3%) Vocational/ technical d...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 17: Salary by Highest Level of Education and Years of Experience in Quality

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by level of education and years in the quality field for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 $ 20,000 0 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ 100,000 $ 120,000 $ 140,000 $ 160,000 10 or fewer years 10.1 to 20 years More than 20 years Average salary Years of exper...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 19: Salary by Gender and Age

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by age and gender for U. S. respondents / FIGURE 1 0 $ 20,000 $ 40,000 $ 60,000 $ 80,000 $ 100,000 $ 120,000 25 or younger 26 to 35 36 to 45 46 to 55 56 to 65 66 and older Average salary Age Female Male 55,653 67,535 82,865 90,622 96,078 84,642 51...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 2, Section 23: Base Earnings by Education and Training

by Hansen, Max Christian

1 60,000 60,000 Bachelor.s degree 32,000 959,000 144,811 47 162,097 128,580 Master.s degree 48,000 500,000 97,361 54 162,583 137,500 Doctorate 68,887 150,000 35,544 4 104,972 100,500 No response 25,000 160,000 76,540 3 71,667 30,000 Highest level of Six ...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 2, Section 22: Base Earnings by Years of Experience

by Hansen, Max Christian

Base earnings by consulting experience for U. S. self- employed consultants / FIGURE 1 0 $ 40,000 $ 80,000 $ 120,000 $ 160,000 $ 200,000 More than 20 years 10.1- 20 years 6.1- 10 years 3.1- 6 years 1- 3 years Less than 1 year Number of years as a self- e...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 2, Section 21: Consultants Overview

by Hansen, Max Christian

Self- employed consultants who also work as employees: historical comparison / FIGURE 1 27.5 38.9 78.6 72.4 73.4 79.1 78.5 72.5 61.1 21.4 27.6 26.6 20.9 21.5 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Percentage of res...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 1, Section 20: Size of Raise and Additional Annual Payments

by Hansen, Max Christian

Historical look at expected size of raise / TABLE 1 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Expect a pay cut 0.1% 0.1% 0.3% 1.9% 0.6% 0.5% 0.4% 0.6% 0.3% 0.4% Do not expect a raise 8.9 7.6 11.2 38 21.4 18.2 18.3 16.2 14.1 15.4 0.1% to 2% increa...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 2, Section 24: Base Earnings and Rates by Age, Gender and Geographical Location

by Hansen, Max Christian

Part 2. Self- Employed Consultant Results Section 24. Earnings and Rates by Age, Gender and Geographic Location Consultant Demographics Consultant earnings and rates by age and gender / TABLE 1 Average base earnings Average rates Percentage Full time Par...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 3, Section 25: Introduction to International Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by Six Sigma training / FIGURE 1 $ 0 $ 10,000 $ 20,000 $ 30,000 $ 40,000 $ 50,000 $ 60,000 $ 70,000 $ 80,000 $ 90,000 $ 100,000 China India Mexico Rest of world Hasn't completed any Six Sigma training Has completed one or more Six Sigma training p...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 3, Section 26: China Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

Exemplar Global certifications held by two or more respondents in China / TABLE 5 Number of respondents Internal auditor 20 Quality management systems ( QMS) auditor 6 QMS lead auditor 5 AS9100 auditor 2 Table 5 includes results for: x Full- time employe...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 3, Section 27: India Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

Employment status of respondents in India / TABLE 1 Count Percentage Total income, last year Regular, full- time employee 85 90.4% $ 46,237 Regular, part- time employee 1 1.1 11,322 Self- employed consultant 7 7.4 17,657 Unemployed or retired within the ...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 3, Section 28: Mexico Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

Employment status of respondents in Mexico / TABLE 1 Count Percentage Total income, last year Regular, full- time employee 156 78.8% $ 31,043 Regular, part- time employee 9 4.5 5,742 Self- employed consultant 13 6.6 29,970 Self- employed consultant who i...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 3, Section 29: Other International Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by job title for international respondents / FIGURE 1 0 $ 50,000 $ 100,000 $ 150,000 Average salary Job title ( percentage of respondents) 12,825 21,542 22,168 29,349 33,317 33,382 33,604 34,263 35,659 39,955 45,344 47,083 49,973 52,552 56,334 58,...


Salary Survey 2015: Part 4, Section 30: Cultures of Quality—Expanded Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

QP 229 SPONSORED BY Satisfaction by employer.s approach to training and certification / TABLE 2 Satisfied with job ( 3) Dissatisfied with job ( 3) Satisfied with salary ( 1) Dissatisfied with salary ( 1) Satisfied with all aspects of job ( 4) All respond...


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Salary Survey 2014: Satisfaction Not Guaranteed?

by Hansen, Max Christian

Are you happy with your salary? When we asked that question in this year’s QP Salary Survey, 61% of respondents answered in the affirmative. Another 10.7% were neutral and noncommittal, while 28.3% said they were dissatisfied....


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Salary Survey 2014: Introduction. Making Cents of Dollars

by Hansen, Max Christian

The 2014 QP Salary Survey was sent out to 60,559 persons throughout the world. There were 7,618 individual responses, which translates into a response rate of 12.6%. Some responses were deleted from the data set because they were incomplete....


Salary Survey 2014: The Complete Report

by Hansen, Max Christian


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 1. Salary by Job Title

by Hansen, Max Christian

The vast majority of the quality professionals who responded to QP’s annual salary survey are full-time employees of an organization other them themselves. We define full time as working an average of 36 hours or more per week....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 2. Salary by U.S. Regions and Canadian Provinces

by Hansen, Max Christian

In the U.S. Pacific region—which is comprised of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska—quality professionals are paid an average of $97,988, which is 10.9% higher than the average for the United States....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 3. Salary by Number of Years of Experience in Quality Field

by Hansen, Max Christian

Year after year, the QP Salary Survey shows two things about its respondents: They tend to stay in the quality profession, and they reap rewards for having more and more experience....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 4. Salary by ASQ and Exemplar Global Certification

by Hansen, Max Christian

In the United States and Canada, more than 20% of respondents to the QP Salary Survey said they hold ASQ’s certified quality auditor certification. Nearly as popular is the certified quality engineer certification, held by 19.2% of respondents....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 5. Salary by Six Sigma Training

by Hansen, Max Christian

If any Six Sigma training is at all valuable—and it is—more Six Sigma training provides even more value. In the United States, those who have completed any level of Six Sigma training outearn those without Six Sigma by a hefty $17,033....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 6. Salary by Number of Work Hours

by Hansen, Max Christian

Quality professionals in the United States tend to work long hours. They do this, it seems, because a longer week brings, on average, a fatter paycheck. In Canada, the stair-step pattern of more pay for more hours is less consistent....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 7. Salary by Nonexempt vs. Exempt Status

by Hansen, Max Christian

Exempt quality professionals—those who are not paid for overtime—typically earn more than those who do. Exempt employees in the United States earn an average of $93,491 a year....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 8. Salary by Number of Years in Current Position

by Hansen, Max Christian

Experience in the quality profession is a fairly good predictor of salary (see “Section 3. Salary by Number of Years of Experience in the Quality Field”), but the number of years a professional has been in his or her current position is not....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 9. Salary by Number of Years in Current Position and in the Quality Field

by Hansen, Max Christian

As reported in section 8, there seems to be little correlation between the pay of quality professionals and the time they have been in their position within the same organization. This fact has shown itself year after year in the annual QP Salary Survey....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 10. Salary by Number of Employees Overseen

by Hansen, Max Christian

In the United States and Canada, more than half of the quality professionals who responded to the QP Salary Survey oversee the work of other employees....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 11. Salary by Division Size, Organization Size and Headquarters Location

by Hansen, Max Christian

Larger paychecks come from larger organizations, as the QP Salary Survey has shown each year. This correlation also holds true the size of the division the respondent is assigned within the organization....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 12. Salary by Industry

by Hansen, Max Christian

Do you work for an organization that makes physical objects or one that provides services? If it’s a service organization, the QP Salary Survey shows that you probably make more money....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 13. Salary by Geographic Location—U.S. and Canada

by Hansen, Max Christian

Section 2 of this report showed U.S. salaries by region as well as Canadian salaries by province. In this section, we zoom in on individual states in the United States and metropolitan areas in the United States and Canada....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 14. Salary by Organization’s Quality Infrastructure

by Hansen, Max Christian

Each year, QP asks those professionals who are members of their organizations’ quality departments to share whether the size of their departments have been reduced, grown or stayed the same size during the past year....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 15. Salary by Extent of Quality Responsibilities

by Hansen, Max Christian

Do you perform a mix of work that includes duties that relate to quality and others that don’t? If you do, you probably earn more than quality professionals whose work isn’t so mixed....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 16. Salary by Highest Level of Education

by Hansen, Max Christian

Most of the quality professionals who respond to the QP Salary Survey have education beyond a two-year associate degree. Results show that 79% of respondents in the United States meet this description....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 17. Salary by Highest Level of Education and Years of Experience in Quality

by Hansen, Max Christian

Quality professionals who combine formal education with experience in quality seem to give their employers the most value, and in turn, they receive commensurate rewards....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 18. Salary by Exemplar Global Certification

by Hansen, Max Christian

Worldwide, 19.6% of the surveyed quality professionals have at least one Exemplar Global certification. This is up from last year’s tally of 14.2%. Canadian and U.S. respondents held 62 of the 72 certifications listed in the salary survey....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 19. Salary by Gender and Age

by Hansen, Max Christian

In the United States, there continues to be an earnings gap between men and women. This gap is at its widest among quality professionals between 46 and 55 years of age. This is a difference of 13%....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 1, Section 20. Size of Raise and Additional Annual Payments

by Hansen, Max Christian

After reaching an all-time high in 2009, the percentage of North American quality professionals not expecting raises in salary has continued to drop, except for 2012. This year, as Figure 1 shows, the number dropped below 15%....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 2, Section 21. Consultants Overview

by Hansen, Max Christian

Before the 2008 recession, the majority of self-employed consultants who responded to the QP Salary Survey were also employees of another organization. Starting in 2009— when the recession’s effect was fully felt—flying solo became the norm....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 2, Section 22. Base Earnings by Years of Experience

by Hansen, Max Christian

For quality professionals who work as employees of organizations, there’s an obvious reward for accruing years of experience in the quality profession, as section 3 demonstrates....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 2, Section 23. Base Earnings by Education and Training

by Hansen, Max Christian

The self-employed consultants who respond to the QP Salary Survey are, of course, a smaller group than the full-time regular workers. This year in the United States, 44 consultants reported working part-time, and there were 66 full-time consultants....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 2, Section 24. Base Earnings and Rates by Age, Gender and Geographic Location

by Hansen, Max Christian

Men outnumbered women among the self-employed consultants from the United States and Canada who responded to this year’s survey. Men made up nearly 76% of respondents from the United States, and exactly two-thirds from Canada....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 3, Section 25. Introduction to International Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

Traditionally, the vast majority of the QP Salary Survey’s respondents live and work in North America. Last year, for example, more than 98% of survey responses came from the United States or Canada....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 3, Section 26. China Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

This was the first year in which the QP Salary Survey was translated into Chinese. Invitations to take the translated, targeted survey were emailed to 271 ASQ members. Of the 78 responses, 56 were complete and usable....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 3, Section 27. India Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

To encourage participation in the QP Salary Survey beyond North America, the number of questions in the targeted questionnaires to ASQ members in China, India and Mexico were pared down to make it easier to take the survey....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 3, Section 28. Mexico Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

Table 1, which provides employment status for respondents in Mexico, shows an unusual mix. Worldwide, 94.6% of QP Salary Survey respondents are full-time, regular employees. For respondents in China and India, results were similar....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 3, Section 29. Other International Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

We’ve reviewed salaries for quality professionals in North America, including Mexico, as well as China and India. Now it’s time to review data supplied from respondents in the 77 other countries represented in the 2014 QP Salary Survey results....


Salary Survey 2014: Part 4, Section 30. Culture of Quality—Expanded Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

The way an organization embraces quality affects how it manufactures products and serves customers. But can an organization’s culture of quality (or lack thereof) affect employee satisfaction—specifically, toward their jobs and salaries?...


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2013 QP Salary Survey Webcast Powerpoint Presentation

by Hansen, Max Christian

View a PowerPoint presentation to accompany the webcast summarizing and discussing the 2013 QP Salary Survey, featuring author Max Christian Hansen....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 2, Section 24. Earnings and Rates by Age, Gender and Geographic Location

by Hansen, Max Christian

In the United States, 109 full-time consultants responded to this year’s QP Salary Survey. Among this group, more than half are more than 56 years old and 71.9% are male, as Table 1 shows....


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Salary Survey 2013: Behind the Results

by Hansen, Max Christian

The 2013 Salary Survey was sent to ASQ 44,945 members. There were 7,504 individual responses, for a response rate of 16.7%....


Salary Survey 2013: The Complete Report

by Hansen, Max Christian


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Salary Survey 2013: Read Their Minds

by Hansen, Max Christian

The quality profession is helping the world economy pull out of its long slump. And the professionals who responded to this year’s QP Salary Survey seem to be experiencing their own recovery—be it ever so slight....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 2, Section 23. Base Earnings by Education and Training

by Hansen, Max Christian

The independent consultants who respond to QP’s Salary Survey are, of course, a smaller group than the regular employees. This year in the United States, 62 consultants reported working part-time and 109 full-time....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 2, Section 21. Consultants Overview

by Hansen, Max Christian

Slightly less than two-thirds of the self-employed consultants who responded to this year’s QP Salary Survey work full-time at their consulting activities....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 20. Size of Raise and Additional Annual Payments

by Hansen, Max Christian

In 2009, the percentage of North American quality professionals not expecting a raise in salary hit an all-time high of 38%. That number has dropped since then, although the dropping stalled in 2012....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 19. Salary by Gender and Age

by Hansen, Max Christian

In the United States, 68.4% of the full-time workers who participated in the QP Salary Survey are men. With an average salary of $91,070, they earn an average of $9,158 more than their female counterparts....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 18. Salary by Exemplar Global Certification

by Hansen, Max Christian

Worldwide, 14.2% of the surveyed quality professionals have at least one Exemplar Global certification. Canadian and U.S. respondents held 49 of the 72 certifications listed as choices in the salary survey, which are divided into two tables....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 17. Salary by Highest Level of Ed. and Yrs. of Exp. in Quality

by Hansen, Max Christian

Year after year, the QP Salary Survey shows that education pays off in higher salaries for quality professionals. The two most advanced degrees, the master’s degree and doctorate, seem to pay especially large dividends....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 16. Salary by Highest Level of Education

by Hansen, Max Christian

Year after year, the QP Salary Survey shows that education pays off in higher salaries for quality professionals. The two most advanced degrees, the master’s degree and doctorate, seem to pay especially large dividends....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 15. Salary by Extent of Quality Responsibilities

by Hansen, Max Christian

In QP’s quality survey, respondents are asked: “In your company, how many people do you think have quality responsibilities stated in their job descriptions?” In 2009, a majority noted a figure of 25% or less....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 14. Salary by Organization Quality Infrastructure

by Hansen, Max Christian

If you work in a quality department, there’s a good chance you work in one whose size has been stable for a while. For several years, between 35% and 44% of respondents reported that their department had stayed the same size during the past year....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 13. Salary by Geographic Location

by Hansen, Max Christian

Of the quality professionals who participated in this year’s salary survey, the vast majority live in North America. Only 0.85% of the respondents work outside of the United States, Canada and Mexico (Table 1)....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 12. Salary by Industry

by Hansen, Max Christian

Year after year, respondents from North America are more likely to work in the manufacturing sector than the service sector. But, also perennially, the workers in service industries bring home, on average, bigger paychecks....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 11. Salary by Division Size, Org. Size and Location of HQs

by Hansen, Max Christian

For quality professionals, it pays to work in a larger organization. And, within the larger organizations, it seems that the larger the division you work in, the larger your paycheck....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 10. Salary by Number of Employees Overseen

by Hansen, Max Christian

In the United States and Canada, the majority of survey respondents oversee the work of other employees. Asked whether they supervise others, 36.2% of U.S. respondents declined to answer, and this section will deal only with those who did answer....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 9. Salary by No. of Yrs. in Crnt Position and in Quality Field

by Hansen, Max Christian

Section 8 shows that quality professionals don’t seem to be strongly rewarded for staying in one position for a long time. Table 1 of this section shows that respondents don’t tend to stay in one position for too long....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 8. Salary by Number of Years in Current Position

by Hansen, Max Christian

Each year, QP salary survey looks at respondents’ salaries by their tenure in their current position. And each year, one data point of interest is how many professional are new to their positions that year....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 7. Salary by Nonexempt vs. Exempt Status

by Hansen, Max Christian

Quality professionals who are paid for overtime earn less than those who are exempt from such pay. In the US, the 85.6% of respondents who said they’re exempt from receiving overtime earn an average of $31,438 more than the respondents who are nonexempt....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 5. Salary by Six Sigma Training

by Hansen, Max Christian

Year after, QP’s salary survey shows that it pays to get Six Sigma training. As Figure 1 shows, U.S. respondents who’ve completed any level of Six Sigma training earned $16,826 more on average than those without any Six Sigma training....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 6. Salary by Number of Work Hours

by Hansen, Max Christian

If you’re from the United States, it’s likely you work a lot of hours. Each year, QP’s salary survey shows that more than 40% of U.S. respondents work on average more than 45 hours per week....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 4. Salary by ASQ and Exemplar Global Certification

by Hansen, Max Christian

In North America, 58.2% of respondents to QP’s salary survey held at least one ASQ certification. As Table 1 shows, the two certifications held by most respondents are certified quality auditor (23.9% of respondents) and certified quality engineer (22%)....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 3. Salary by Number of Years of Experience in the Quality Field

by Hansen, Max Christian

Over the 27 years QP has been conducting its salary survey, results have consistently shown that quality professionals are rewarded for their years in the profession....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 2. Salary by U.S. Regions and Canadian Provinces

by Hansen, Max Christian

Average salaries of quality professionals vary widely by state or province. In the United States, the highest-paying region provides salaries 9.2% higher than the national average, while the lowest-paying region comes in at 9.3% below that average....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 1, Section 1. Salary by Job Title

by Hansen, Max Christian

Of those who responded to this year’s salary survey, the vast majority are employees of a single organization, and of these, most work full time. Part 1 of this report, consisting of sections 1-19, address these respondents....


2013 Salary Survey: Part 2, Section 22. Base Earnings by Years of Experience

by Hansen, Max Christian

It seems an individual’s years of experience as a consultant are a poor predictor of individual earnings—at least that’s the picture presented by Figure 1, which shows income by consulting experience for our self-employed respondents worldwide....


Salary Survey 2012: Crunching the Numbers

by Hansen, Max Christian

The 2012 survey was sent to 54,337 members. Of the 6,857 individuals who started the survey, 6,857 completed the questionnaire for a response rate of 11.2%....


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Salary Survey 2012: Facing Tight Times

by Hansen, Max Christian

The more things stay the same, the more quality professionals must look for productive ways to change. For the first time since QP began its annual salary survey, the most important indicator—average salary—has become frustratingly stuck in place....


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Salary Survey 2012: Part 1, Section 5: Salary by Six Sigma Training

by Hansen, Max Christian

S. employees, Canadian employees, international employees Salary by highest level of Six Sigma training for Canadian respondents / Figure 3 115,929 170,000 133,600 91,538 89,811 79,511 84,000 87,750 103,314 92,094 84,608 77,523 65,000 94,000 105,062 84,8...


Salary Survey 2012: Part 1, Section 1: Salary by Job Title

by Hansen, Max Christian

Figure 1 includes results for: x Full- time employees, part- time employees, x U. S. employees, Canadian employees, International employees Salary by job title for U. S. respondents / FIgUre 1 46,884 50,558 53,970 56,246 57,718 69,279 70,094 72,261 74,13...


Salary Survey 2012: Part 1, Section 2: Salary by U.S. Regions and Canadian Provinces

by Hansen, Max Christian

South Carolina 1.4% 96.8 North Carolina 3.6% 95.3 Tennessee 2.1% 89.6 Kentucky 1.3% 89.9 WV 0.3% 92.9 Virginia 2.9% 95.8 Maryland 2.1% 123.4 Delaware 0.4% 108.2 D. C. 0.1% 144.4 New Jersey 2.1% 128.6 Connecticut 1.7% 132.7 RI 0.3% 125.5 MA 3.5% 121.4 Mai...


Salary Survey 2012: Part 1, Section 3: Salary by Number of Years of Experience in the Quality Field

by Hansen, Max Christian

Salary by years in quality and job title for U. S. respondents / Table 1 ConTinued) Minimum Maximum Standard deviation Count Mean Median Analyst no experience $ 80,000 $ 129,000 $ 22,218 4 $ 97,800 $ 84,000 less than 1 year 28,000 77,800 19,915 7 50,114 ...


Salary Survey 2012: Part 1, Section 4: Salary by ASQ and RABQSA International Certification

by Hansen, Max Christian

Percentage of respondents holding aSQ certifications / Table 1 2012 2010 2008 Certified quality auditor 22.9% 24.1% 24.2% Certified quality engineer 20.4 23.7 21.6 Certified manager of quality/ organizational excellence 12.6 13.7 12.6 Certified Six Sigma...



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