What does a Quality Engineer do?

A quality engineer is responsible for the generation of a strategic plan to improve the business processes and increase production output. Duties include creating the company's quality standards and testing systems to reflect efficiency, reliability and performance. Quality engineers are also responsible for the creation of documentation that reports issues and errors relating to the production process with efforts placed to find a solution. Depending on the industry and organization, the typical career advancement for a quality engineer is in a managerial or executive position.

A bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field is often required for the job of a quality engineer with most companies expressing a preference for a master's degree. A successful track record working as a quality engineer is also often required by hiring managers. Other valuable skills include a high proficiency in computer technology including Microsoft Office applications and strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

What responsibilities are common for Quality Engineer jobs?
  • Develop inspection methods to analyze product quality
  • Improve product quality by making recommendations for change
  • Work together with relevant teams and departments to improve products
  • Ensure products adhere to company and industry quality standards
  • Brainstorm ideas to create solutions for identified problems
  • Formulate a strategic plan to increase productivity in the business
  • Document results and findings after inspections are carried out
  • Implement a working system to ensure conformity and accuracy in the production process
What are the typical qualifications for Quality Engineer jobs?
  • Master's degree in engineering preferred
  • Extensive experience in a quality assurance environment required
  • High proficiency in computer technology and systems operations
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • In-depth understanding of industry market trends and conditions
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work efficiently in a team environment
  • Basic mathematical arithmetic skills
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Quality Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$66,040 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$49K
Median: $66K
$90K
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Quality Engineer Career Path

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L2
Quality Engineer
$66,040/yr
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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
9%
2 - 4
64%
5 - 7
17%
8+
10%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Quality Engineer Insights

Read what Quality Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
TavantTavant
Lead Quality Engineer
Feb 3, 2022

“Have good work life balance (depends on projects but most of them are good).”

McAfeeMcAfee
Software Quality Engineer
Mar 1, 2021

“Otherwise you will end up doing same work again and again which is not good for your career.”

BDBD
Quality Engineer II
Jan 25, 2021

“Can transfer internally to another position to advance your career or diversify your portfolio if the direct boss is good and supportive.”

United States SteelUnited States Steel
Quality Engineer
Aug 1, 2021

“This is a good place to start your career and move on after 3 years.”

AutolivAutoliv
Quality Engineer Supervisor
Jun 30, 2022

“There is a great team that will work with you and wants to teach you what they know.”

Aurigo Software TechnologiesAurigo Software Technologies
Quality Engineer
Apr 20, 2020

“small teething problems while started to work from home but got habitual and everything is fixed .”

Ashriya InfotechAshriya Infotech
Senior Quality Engineer
Aug 18, 2021

“Good payment for your work and recognizes you if you and your work are worth of.”

OYT Consultants
Quality Engineer
Nov 24, 2021

“I got good opportunities to work in interesting projects and interacted with product development companies directly.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Quality Engineer

When working as a Quality Engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Lean Six Sigma, Problem Solving, Written Communication, Audit and APQP.

The most similar professions to Quality Engineer are:
  • QA Analyst
  • QA Engineer
  • Quality Manager
  • QA Manager

The most common qualifications to become a Quality Engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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