# Quality Progress - December 2016 - 21

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An Overview of Earnings

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QP
SALARY
2016

Part 1. Regular Employee Results
Section 1. Overview and Salary by Job Title

SURVEY

One of the survey's first questions addresses a respon-

half of that list are similar to those in most years, with

dent's employment status. As shown in Table 2 (p. 22),

only one or two titles near the middle moving-from

92.5% work as regular, full-time employees of an organi-

year to year-between the top half and bottom half.

zation. Although we received responses from retired and

The picture looks different in Canada (Figure 2, p. 25).

unemployed professionals (these were technically use-

With a smaller set of responses and such a large number

able if they included the last salary earned), they were

of job titles, the sequence moves around a bit each year.

not used in computing average salaries presented in this

While it's common for vice president/executives to lead

report.

the earnings race in Canada, this year that group ranked

Table 3 (p. 22) shows the average earnings (salary

third in salary. A small shift in the mix of job titles report-

and self-employment earnings) for survey respondents

ing (or a different mix of salaries within a job title) can

from the United States and Canada. To create this table,

make a noticeable difference in these overall results for

we broke the self-employed respondents who also holds

positions in organizations into two groups, depending on

This may help explain why the overall average salary

the number of hours they work weekly in this regular

for Canada gives the appearance of having shrunk since

employment. We give similar tables for other countries

last year (\$86,594 for a full-time employee this year vs.

in this report's section of international results (see in

\$89,140 last year). By comparison, the larger response

part three of the salary survey report).

set from the United States makes for a more consistent

Salary by job title
In the United States, vice presidents/executives earn
an average of \$169,350, as Figure 1 (p. 25) shows. Each
year, the survey results are largely consistent with the
ordering shown in that bar graph, in which job titles are
sorted from highest to lowest paid. The titles in the top

picture from year to year-a picture probably more representative of the real underlying distribution of salaries
each year.
Tables 4 (p. 23) and 5 (p. 24) provide more detail on
the salaries by job title for the United States and Canada.
Note that in all further analysis of salaries, employees
are included in the analysis even if they also work as selfemployed consultants. This is why the average shown

SURVEY'S GLOBAL REACH

Each year, ASQ expands its worldwide reach, making itself truly the
global voice of quality. ASQ's member foothold remains in North
America, however, and explains why the vast majority of responses to
the annual QP Salary Survey come from the United States and Canada.
Beginning in 2014, the salary survey expanded its global reach by
developing subset versions of the survey questionnaire. Since then,
these targeted surveys have been distributed to ASQ members living
in China, India and Mexico. Table 1 (p. 22) breaks down how many survey invitations of each type were sent, and the number of responses
Note that ASQ members outside of North America, China, India and
Mexico received the full survey. In other words, many of the international respondents filled out the full, long-form questionnaire. Not all
responses were usable because some did not include an earnings
figure or contained one that was implausible. There also were a few
duplicate responses. We identified these and used the response with
the most complete and credible information.
Most of this report's sections focus on the United States and
Canada, where the bulk of responses come from. -M.C.H.

for full-time U.S. employees in Table 3 (\$91,563), which
excludes the self-employed, differs from that shown in
Table 4 (\$91,659), which includes the self-employed.

Most survey
respondents work
as regular, full-time
employees without
any outside
self-employment
activities.
December 2016 * QP 21

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