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Quality Engineer Salary

Quality Engineer Salary

Quality engineers typically have salaries in the range between £20,571 and £40,885 a year according to Payscale. The salaries can vary from company to company and also depend on location, job title, and years of experience among other things.

Quality assurance engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience earn between £16,726 and £40,063 a year, those with 5 to 9 years of experience make between £20,398 and £39,221 a year, engineers with 10 to 19 years of experience earn between £20,377 and £51,182 a year, and those with 20 or more years of experience earn between £25,000 and £37,349 a year according to information provided by Payscale. Quality assurance engineers with a bachelor's degree earn between £29,994 and £35,150 a year.

Salary can vary by location. For example, quality engineers employed in London typically earn between £23,041 and £48,479 a year, while those working in Aberdeen make between £27,600 and £42,000 a year.

Company size can influence salary, too. Quality engineers working at companies that employ between 50 and 199 people typically make from £20,723 to £33,600 a year, while those working in companies that employ between 200 and 599 people earn between £21,134 and £39,784 a year.

Hourly wage

The average hourly rate for quality engineers in the UK is around £14.06 per hour according to MySalary.co.uk. Quality engineering jobs in IT contracts pay £28.00 per hour according to information from IT Jobs Watch.

General salary information

Quality engineers who get certified by a professional industry body usually see a rise in their salary pretty soon. QA engineers with Certified Professional Engineer (PE) status earn between £20,046 and £52,903 a year, those with the Certified Quality Analyst (CQA) certification earn from £22,884 to £44,267 a year, engineers certified as ISO Internal Auditors earn between £22,145 and £41,304 a year, while ISO9001:2000 Certified Lead Auditors make between £28,500 and £38,494 a year according to information from Payscale.

Salary can vary significantly by skill or specialty. For instance, quality engineers who work in quality assurance or quality control earn between £19,910 and £40,748 a year, those specializing in quality improvement earn from £20,582 to £40,171 a year, and quality engineers who move to project management jobs earn between £20,823 and £49,910 a year.

Salaries also vary by type of employer. Quality assurance engineers employed by companies earn between £21,281 and £41,436 a year, while those working for private practices and firms typically make between £21,247 and £35,352 a year.

Top quality engineer salaries by industry are in aerospace and defense (£30,732 - £44,750 a year), oil and gas (£30,800 - £38,974), medical device manufacturing (£25,000 - £38,000), aerospace manufacturing (£21,000 - £30,732), and manufacturing and distribution (£22,750 - £29,487).

Men in quality engineering roles typically earn between £20,945 and £39,470 a year, while women make between £21,750 and £39,494 a year.

Benefits can also affect salary. For instance, quality assurance engineers who have a flexible work schedule typically make from £10,067 to £60,591 a year, those who get paid vacation earn between £21,477 and £42,068 a year, while engineers who have a company pension plan earn between £22,637 and £47,756 a year.