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Quality Assurance Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Quality Assurance Manager focuses on prevention of mistakes and defects in manufacturing products. Develops procedures to ensure that quality standards are maintained. Manages all steps related to quality assurance as part of the quality management strategy of a company. May involve leadership of a team of quality assurance supervisors, specialists, and other associated staff members.

Job Outlook

There were 758 Quality Assurance Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 17206 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Quality Control Systems Manager industry, which includes the Quality Assurance Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Quality Assurance Manager jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $91,192.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $89,626.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Quality Assurance Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $71,545.

Education and Experience

Posted Quality Assurance Manager jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree5.82%
Bachelor's Degree66.6%
Master's Degree11.94%
Doctoral Degree1.45%
Other7.35%

Posted Quality Assurance Manager jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years14.95%
3 to 5 years54.61%
6 to 8 years17.03%
9+ years13.41%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Quality Assurance Manager positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Quality Assurance (78.25%)
  • Safety Assurance (48.81%)
  • Management (46.14%)
  • Communication (37.67%)
  • Leadership (35.87%)
  • Operations (30.09%)
  • Quality Control (24.1%)
  • Problem Solving (22.93%)
  • Customer Service (17.13%)
  • Planning (14.71%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Food Safety And Sanitation (19.18%)
  • Auditing (61.44%)
  • Cooking (0.13%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Purchasing (4.48%)
  • Product Quality (QA/QC) (13.55%)
  • Quality Management Systems (32.48%)
  • Food Preparation (0.16%)
  • Restaurant Operation (0.73%)
  • Project Management (21.32%)
  • Culinary Arts (0.08%)
  • Quality Management (38.12%)
  • Hazard Analysis And Critical Control Points (HACCP) (16.08%)
  • Corrective And Preventive Action (CAPA) (20.78%)
  • Food Services (0.7%)
  • Food Quality Assurance And Control (3.67%)
  • Menu Planning (0.1%)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (27.75%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Food Safety And Sanitation (100%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Quality Assurance Manager skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • QA/QC Manager
  • Quality Manager
  • Quality Assurance Technical Manager
  • Quality Assurance Test Manager
  • Assistant Quality Assurance Manager
  • Quality Assurance Compliance Manager
  • Quality Assurance Program Manager
  • Manufacturing Quality Assurance Manager
  • Director of Quality Assurance

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Quality Assurance Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • The Judge Group (568)
  • Walmart (231)
  • Eli Lilly (191)
  • Actalent (150)
  • GPAC (142)
  • Randstad (126)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb (93)
  • Wright Media (89)
  • Citigroup (68)
  • CSL (67)

North Carolina

  • Eli Lilly (170)
  • Pfizer (21)
  • The Judge Group (11)
  • Randstad (11)
  • Chick-fil-A (10)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific (9)
  • Walmart (9)
  • Wells Fargo (8)
  • Epic Games (8)
  • IQVIA (8)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!