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2017 QP Salary Survey

While it's pleasant to be able to report a gain in average salary for the
third year in a row, things could be better. Gains were better, for example, each year from 2005 through 2011. During that time, the smallest
reported gain in average salary was 1.59%, which happened in 2008, the
year the first dim warnings of a major recession hit the world economy.
Even that year's small gain, however, was larger than this year's increase.
The recession was a shock to many industries and to the quality profession that helps make them profitable. Although things have improved
since 2014-the last time average salaries went in the negative direction-many quality professionals still long for the kind of growth we saw
in the years before 2008.
In the long term, however, the picture has been one of growth, even
if it hasn't been steady. The growth curve for Canadian respondents,
shown in red in Figure 1, is even bumpier than for U.S. respondents. But
that's a situation in which the relatively small numbers of respondents
make any given year's reported average diverge significantly from the
likely true average salary.

Where have you been? Where are you going?

Each year since 2011, Quality Progress editors have added a few new
questions to the salary survey questionnaire to be able to examine
different variables related to quality professionals' salaries. The sidebar,
"Take a Closer Look," p. 25, provides a rundown of the special analysis
performed each year from 2011 to 2015. In addition, section 26 of this
year's report gives an overview of parts of those results. Past salary
survey reports are available online, too, at www.qualityprogress.com for

FIGURE 1

Historic average full-time salaries:
U.S. and Canada respondents
$95,000

90,878 91,659

Average salary

$90,000
$85,000
80,207

$80,000
$75,000

$60,000

83,442

87,086 86,734

72,318

80,611
75,057

71,584 72,144

88,606 88,423

84,715 84,458

77,049

$70,000
$65,000

81,480

85,383

93,036

89,291

86,923 87,569

82,543

76,408
73,968

66,807

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Year
U.S.

Canada

Figure 1 includes results for: x Full-time employees,  Part-time employees,
x U.S. employees, x Canadian employees,  International employees

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those who want to take a deeper dive
into the five topics covered in those past
reports.
In addition to the snapshots of salaries
we take every year, we chose this year
to examine career paths taken by those
who responded to our survey. While
following thousands of individual career
ladders would be difficult and time consuming, we sought to gain insight simply
by asking people what their employment
situation had been before they took their
current jobs. This allowed us to compile
the analysis shown in Tables 2-5.
Table 2 shows the basic employment
situation of respondents as we sliced
the data set by current job title. Each
row shows a job title currently held by
our respondents-except in one column.
There, we used the job titles to tell a
different story. In the column labeled
"Median time for this title as last position, we take each job title as being the
last prior job title before the current one.
Because we asked respondents how
long they had held their last previous
job, we could report the average length
that respondents tend to stay in each
job title before moving to another one.
In all the other columns, the rows correspond to the position currently held.
We see, for example, how many people
came to their current job after a period
of non-employment. This might be
unemployment due to a layoff or a leave
of absence for any reason, including for
schooling.
Another column shows the percentage of respondents whose current job

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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
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - Titles and Take-Home
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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 - 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 - 72
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 73
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Marketplace
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 75
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Footnotes
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Quality Progress - December 2017 - 78
Quality Progress - December 2017 - 79
Quality Progress - December 2017 - Try This Today
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