Quality Progress - December 2017 - 5

FOREWORD
The quality inside Quality Progress

Next Steps
Salary is important, as evidenced by the popularity of the QP
Salary Survey year after year. In fact, the online salary survey
is consistently one of the top clicks on qualityprogress.com
year-round.
But one thing we know from producing this in-depth report
each year is that salary is just one aspect of a complex equation that equals career satisfaction. Past salary survey reports
delve deeper into identifying the factors that lead to overall
satisfaction, and provide insights into the paths that lead quality
professionals to achieving the career they want, from a monetary
standpoint and beyond.
This year, you'll find a summary of this past research to provide
you with a clearer picture on the contributors to satisfaction.
What certifications lead to bigger paychecks? What levels of
education are most valued at what point in your career? What
role do soft skills play in getting to the next level? And how does
a culture of quality or an individual's qualifications affect their
position and satisfaction?
Use the research, found in section 26 at qualityprogress.com,
to help you climb the ladder to the career you want.
While average salaries increased only modestly this year, it's
important to remember the picture of career health is much

ASQ's Vision
By making quality a global priority, an
organizational imperative and a personal ethic,
the American Society for Quality becomes the
community for everyone who seeks quality
technology, concepts or tools to improve
themselves and their world.
ASQ Administration
CEO William J. Troy
Senior Leadership
Andrew Baines
Kalleen Bruch
Ann Jordan
Lynelle Korte

Lindsey Linder
Dave Piontek
Brian Savoie
Jim Templin

Chair Eric Hayler, BMW Manufacturing
Chair-Elect Elmer Corbin, IBM
Past Chair Patricia La Londe (retired - CareFusion)
Treasurer Francisco "Paco" Lopez, Metalsa
SAC Sylvester (Bud) Newton, Jr., Alcoa

more nuanced, not to mention individualized. There is much
that is within your control if you want to change course. The QP
Salary Survey report, "The Next Rung," p. 20, will give you a leg
up on those next steps.
This survey report is a benefit only ASQ members receive-
we hope you find it valuable and provide any feedback to help
us improve it. Send comments to editor@asq.org.
For more career advice, turn to Career Coach, p. 16. This
month's column focuses on common interview mistakes-and
how to avoid them. Also consider subscribing to Career Connection enewsletter-a monthly resource for helping you navigate
your career, at http://tinyurl.com/ASQCareer.

TCC Heather Crawford, Apollo Endosurgery
Secretary William J. Troy, ASQ
Directors
Donald Brecken
Ferris State University
Jim Creiman
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Ha C. Dao
Emerson Climate Technologies
David Levy
Boyce Technologies
Austin S. Lin
Google
Raul Molteni
Molteni Consulting
Luis G. Morales Daimiler Trucks North America
Mark Moyer
CAMLS
Daniella A. Picciotti
Veridiam
Barrie Simpson
Genentech Access Solutions
JoAnn Sternke
Pewaukee School District
Sunil Thawani
Quality Indeed Consulting
John Vandenbemden
Q-Met-Tech
Allen Wong
Abbott
Administration
William J. Troy, CEO
Seiche Sanders, Publisher
QP Editorial Review Board
Randy Brull, Chair

Seiche Sanders
Editor in Chief and Publisher

Administrative Committee
Brady Boggs, Randy Brull, Jane Campanizzi,
Larry Haugh, Jim Jaquess, Gary MacLean,
R. Dan Reid, Richard Stump
Technical Reviewers
Naveen Agarwal, Ashraf Ali, Suresh Anaganti,
M. Onur Artan, Andy Barnett, Matthew
Barsalou, David Bonyuet, David Burger,
Brooks Carder, Bernie Carpenter, L.N. Prabhu
Chandrasekaran, Ken Cogan, Linda CubalchiniTravis, Ahmad Elshennawy, Mark Gavoor,
Kunita Gear, Daniel Gold, T. Gourishankar,
Roberto Guzman, Ellen Hardy, Lynne Hare,
Victoria Jones, Trevor Jordan, Ray Klotz, T.M.
Kubiak, William LaFollette, Scott Laman, Pradip
Mehta, N.S. Narahari, Arind Parthasarathy,
Larry Picciano, Gene Placzkowski, Tony
Polito, Peter Pylipow, Imran Ahmad Rana,
John Richards, James Rooney, Ayman Sakr,
Manboubeh Samghabadi, Brian Scullin,
Abhijit Sengupta, Amitava Sengupta, Mohit
Sharma, A.V. Srinivas, Adrian Tan, Joe Tunner,
B. Vaithiyanathan, Manu Vora, Keith Wagoner,
Jack Westfall, Doron Zilbershtein

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Progress publishes articles representing conflicting and minority views. Opinions expressed are those of the
authors and not necessarily of ASQ or Quality Progress. Use of the ASQ logo in advertisements does not necessarily
constitute endorsement of that particular product or service by ASQ.

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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
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 2
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 3
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 4
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 5
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
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 11
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
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 17
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 18
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 19
Quality Progress - December 2017 - The Next Rung
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 21
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 22
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - 27
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - 29
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Titles and Take-Home
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - 35
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Certification Certainty
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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 - 53
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Maintenance Makeover
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - 58
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 59
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Confronting Confusion
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - 64
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 65
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Standard Issues
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 67
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 68
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 69
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Statistics Spotlight
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 71
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 72
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 73
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Marketplace
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 75
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Footnotes
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 77
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 78
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 79
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Try This Today
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