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Part 1. Regular Employee Results
Section 2. Salary by ASQ and Exemplar Global Certification

Serious About Certifications

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ASQ certifications are popular in the United States and

tions. So, the average salary for managers shown on

Canada-and for good reason. In the United States, Fig-

the first line is for all managers without the CMQ/OE

ure 1 shows more than half of the full-time respondents

certification, even if they do hold other certifications.

report that they hold at least one ASQ certification. The

A quick look into this year's data shows that a man-

same graphic shows how they benefit in salary by hav-

ager in the United States and Canada-not holding any

ing achieved those certifications. Holding a single ASQ

ASQ certification earns an average salary of $91,011.

certification increases the average full-timer's annual

This means that the premium shown for each individ-

salary survey from $87,942 to $91,800. Any quantity of

ual certification is even larger than it appears because

certifications over one brings in even more.

it's being compared to others with the same job title

The biggest bang for your certification buck comes

who have the benefit of other certifications.

when your certification is a good match for your work.

Tables 2 (United States, p. 28) and 3 (Canada, p. 30)

Holders of certain job titles get larger than average

show average salaries by job title and ASQ certifica-

premiums for holding certain certifications. As Table

tion. You'll notice in these tables, as throughout the

1 shows, a respondent with the title of manager who is

survey report, we have shielded data in cells in which

also an ASQ-certified manager of quality/organizational

the number of respondents is so small that showing a

excellence (CMQ/OE) brings home an average annual

salary might give away information about an individu-

salary of $102,172, a bump of $8,819 over the salary of

al. Here, the limit is one-that is, the data were shield-

managers without that certification. Managers who are

ed if the sample size turned out to be one. This is noted

ASQ-certified Six Sigma Black Belts show an even big-

by "n = 1." A certification does not appear if there was

ger premium, with average salaries of $106,641.

no cell in its column with data from any respondents.

At this point, a note regarding on Table 1 is neces-

In addition to ASQ certifications, a considerable

sary. The column showing "average without certifica-

number of respondents worldwide hold Exemplar

tion" shows the average salary of all persons with that

Global certifications. These certifications originated in

job title, not holding the certification named in that

Australia, and have a longer track record outside North

row. That group may include holders of other certifica-

American than in the United States and Canada. Still,
several are held by our North Ameri-

Salary by number of ASQ certifications
held by U.S. respondents / FIGURE 1
Average salary

$120,000
$100,000

108,850
87,941

91,800

97,991

98,623

110,828

97,334

can respondents, and they are worth
mentioning. A full list of Exemplar
Global certifications and the number
of respondents holding them throughout the world appears in section 21 of
this report.
Tables 4 (United States respon-

$80,000

dents, p. 31) and 5 (Canadian respon-

$60,000

dents, p. 32) show average salaries

$40,000

by job title for holders of Exemplar

$20,000

Global certifications. As in Tables 2

0

and 3, a certification appears if more
None
(46.2%)

One
(30.6%)

Two
(13.4%)

Three
(5.6%)

Four
(2.6%)

Five
(1%)

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

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Six or more
(0.6%)

than one respondent reported holding
it. Because dividing the data among 25
job titles makes for a lot of n = 1 cells,
quite a few certifications are missing
from these tables.


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