Quality Progress - December 2016 - 37


Sticking With Quality

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SALARY
2016

Part 1. Regular Employee Results
Section 4. Salary by Years of Experience in Quality

SURVEY

Call it "tenure," a word that comes in handy when replacing

These findings have been fairly consistent for some

the ungainly phrase "number of years with the same job

years. For that reason, we're paying less attention this year

title in the same organization."

to the time people stay in a job and focusing on other fac-

If you've stayed in the quality field for several years,

tors that have bigger and more positive effects on salary.

there's a good chance you've been rewarded for that expe-

One other factor that jumps out each year-and again

rience. If you've stayed in the same exact position for many

this year as shown in Figure 2-is experience in quality. As

years, however, the picture appears less rosy.

that chart shows for U.S. respondents, the average quality

As Figure 1 (p. 38) shows for U.S. respondents, there's

professional who's been in the profession for more than

some reward for staying in a position more than three

three years and up to six years earns $73,543, an increase

years: Average salaries increase from $87,411 for those

of $7,734 over those with one to three years' experience,

professionals with tenure of one to three years to $91,808

who bring home $65,809.

for professionals in the next tier, whose tenure is three to

So why does it appear to be an unwise choice to stay in

six years. After that jump, however, salary increases barely

the same position much beyond three years? One possible

keep pace with the cost of living-if that.

explanation is that the quality field has many job titles, and

By comparison, the rewards for staying in the quality
profession are generous, as Figures 2 (p. 38) and 3 (p. 39)

these line up in various career tracks in which a professional can ascend by graduating from one title to another.

show-with one exception. Examining salaries by tenure

The different shades of brown in Figure 4 (p. 39) show

within job titles (Table 1, p. 38) uncovered only three job

the titles with the most respondents having more than 20

titles for which every tenure tier shows a higher average sal-

years of quality experience are also among the highest paid

ary than the previous tier. Those job titles are quality engi-

(the darker brown in the left-most bars are for the highest

neer, supplier quality engineer/professional and technician.

salaries and the lightest brown for the lowest). The respon-

The consistent increases also appear for the job title of

dents in those positions seem to have moved their way up

associate. The numbers of respondents in some of the tiers

the career ladder by changing titles (and possibly employ-

were small for that title, however, so the stair-step effect

ers) a number of times.

may have been a fluke. Table 1 omits that and other job

Table 2 (p. 40) breaks down salaries by years of quality ex-

titles in which there are tenure tiers populated by fewer

perience within job titles for U.S. respondents. Table 3 (p. 42)

than 17 respondents. The red cells in that table highlight all

shows the same breakdown for Canadian respondents. Be-

tenure tiers in which professionals make less, on average,

cause of the sparsity of respondents in many combinations of

than professionals with the same title who have stayed in a

job title and experience tiers in Table 3, many rows populated

position for a shorter period of time.

by fewer than three respondents have been eliminated.

Sign of the Times
What external factors do you foresee having the biggest impact on quality?

"

Customers are becoming more specific and wanting better quality
products, continual improvement requirements, monitoring of
Cpk values, and more requirements for making changes or
improvements
Kim A. Howarter

"

director of quality
Revcor Inc.
Carpentersville, IL.

December 2016 * QP 37



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