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T The 2013 QP Salary Survey was sent to 44,945 ASQ Survey com under the tab "Tools and Resources." The website members. There were 7,504 individual responses, for 2013 Behind the Results QP Salary also includes the entire survey report in PDF format. a response rate of 16.7%. Some responses were deleted from the data set because they were incomplete, in- A note on currencies cluded implausible earnings amounts that could not For Canadian employees and consultants, salaries and be validated or were duplicate responses. After these earnings are provided in Canadian dollars. For all em- responses were removed, there were 6,445 usable re- ployees and consultants outside the United States and sponses. Each response fell into one of the employ- Canada, salaries and earnings are given in U.S. dollars. ment categories listed in Table 1. Exchange rates were supplied by the respondent and The data from the 6,039 full-time and part-time regular employees and the 44 regular employees who also were retrieved on the day the respondent took the survey during the month of July. work as self-employed consultants were used to create In the few cases in which respondents from differ- the 20 sections in "Part 1. Regular Employee Results." ent countries are evaluated together, all salaries are in The data from the 167 self-employed consultants and U.S. dollars. In cases in which QP editors needed to the 44 regular employees who also work as self-em- convert currencies, the exchange rate effective July 1 ployed consultants were used to produce the four sec- was used. In a single case (Table 4 in section 4), Ca- tions in "Part 2. Self-Employed Consultant Results." nadian and U.S. respondents were viewed together to It's worth noting that the number of respondents determine the salary premium afforded by holding cer- who work both as regular employees and as self-em- tain ASQ certifications. In that case, Canadian salaries ployed consultants dropped considerably from 2011 were converted to their U.S. dollar equivalents using (163) to 2012 (55). That total has dropped even further the exchange rate effective July 1. to this year's 44. Except for the information provided in Table 1, the Statistical terms salary survey report doesn't discuss data from the peo- In case you're not familiar with the statistical terms ple who are unemployed, retired or laid off. and job titles in these sections, here are brief descrip- The vast majority of those who participated in the survey work in the United States and Canada. Because there were few respondents from other countries, only a few sections in the salary survey report include results from this group, which is labeled as international. Sections 13 and 24 discuss the countries represented in this group. tions: * Minimum salary: The minimum salary is the lowest salary reported in that particular group. * Maximum salary: The maximum salary is the highest salary reported in that particular group. * Standard deviation: Standard deviation is a measure of dispersion around the mean. In a normal dis- You can learn whether tables or figures include tribution, 68% of cases fall within one standard de- international results by glancing at the information viation of the mean, and 95% of cases fall within two boxes below the graphics. In addition to specifying standard deviations. For example, if the mean sal- whether tables or figures include results from inter- ary is $70,000 with a standard deviation of $15,000, national, U.S. and Canadian respondents, these boxes 95% of the cases are between $40,000 and $100,000 specify whether graphics include results from full-time in a normal distribution. and part-time respondents. Some boxes provide additional notes. * Count: The count is the number of respondents in that particular group. Of the 24 sections in the salary survey results, 19 are online only and can be found at www.qualityprogress. * Mean salary: The mean salary is the average salary for that particular group. SPonSored by december 2013 * QP 25 http://www.qualityprogress http://www.qualityprogress.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - December 2013

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Perspectives
Keeping Current
Read Their Minds
Mr. Pareto Head
Behind the Results
Overview of the Money
Regional Variations
Earnings Rise With Experience
Certifi ably Valuable
Rewards for Master Black Belts
The Service Quality Platform
3.4 per Million
Quality in the First Person
Career Corner
ASQ Enterprise and Site Members
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
Back to Basics

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