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2017 QP Salary Survey
Part 1 Regular Employee Results
Section 2 Salary by Certification

Certification Certainty
If you're earning more than other
quality professionals holding similar
job titles, there's a good chance that an
ASQ certification is among the factors
that put you in that higher-paid position.
Each year, the Quality Progress Salary
Survey report shows that ASQ certifications tend to have a positive influence
on the paychecks of those who hold
them.
While a single certification is good,
many professionals find that, up to a
point, more is better. Figure 1 shows
how an increasing number of ASQ
certifications correlates with higher pay

for full-time employees in the United
States.
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The best proxy the salary survey
gives for the nature of a professional's

FIGURE 1

Salary by number of ASQ certifications held
by U.S. respondents
116,338

$120,000
Average salary

$100,000

87,748

93,576

99,283

103,563

103,955

Three
(5.4%)

Four
(2.3%)

116,747

$80,000
$60,000
$40,000
$20,000
0

None
(48.8%)

One
(29.4%)

Two
(12.5%)

Five Six or more
(0.9%)
(0.7%)

Number of ASQ certifications
(percentage of respondents)
Figure 1 includes results for: x Full-time employees,  Part-time employees, x U.S. employees,
 Canadian employees,  International employees

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work is their job title, and over the years
we've found that when a job title and
an ASQ certification are a good match,
the average person holding that combination tends to make more money than
others in the same position but without
the certification. Each year, we select a
few of these combinations to highlight.
This year's pairings are shown in Table 1.
For example, a quality engineer who
is an ASQ-certified manager of quality/
organizational excellence earns a sizable 19.4% more than quality engineers
without that certification. Likewise, an
auditor who is also an ASQ-certified
quality auditor outearns other auditors
by $9,915, or 13.2%.
Note that while in some past years
we have built this table using only
respondents from the United States,
in 2016, we began viewing U.S. and


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - December 2017

Seen and Heard
Progress Report
Mr. Pareto Head
Expert Answers
Career Coach
The Next Rung
Titles and Take-Home
Certification Certainty
Six Sigma Satisfaction
Stay the Course
Maintenance Makeover
Confronting Confusion
Standard Issues
Statistics Spotlight
Marketplace
Footnotes
Try This Today
Quality Progress - December 2017 - intro
Quality Progress - December 2017 - cover1
Quality Progress - December 2017 - cover2
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 1
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - Seen and Heard
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 7
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Progress Report
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 9
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 10
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - 12
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Mr. Pareto Head
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Expert Answers
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 15
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Career Coach
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - The Next Rung
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - Titles and Take-Home
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - Six Sigma Satisfaction
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - Stay the Course
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - Maintenance Makeover
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - Confronting Confusion
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - Standard Issues
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - Statistics Spotlight
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - Marketplace
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 75
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Footnotes
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - Try This Today
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