Quality Job Salaries up Three Percent

December 28, 2009—According to the American Society for Quality's (ASQ) annual salary survey, the average quality job salary rose three percent from 2008 to 2009, to just under $84,000, despite the economic turmoil. The results show that respondents' salaries increase proportionately to their experience in the quality field. The survey reports that 57.8 percent of participants have at least one ASQ certification, which the data suggests can help increase earning potential.

The survey was conducted by ASQ's monthly publication, Quality Progress. Full results of the survey and more is available at www.qualityprogress.com. The survey has been conducted for 23 years. It indicates the health of the quality profession using salary results by breaking down salary information submitted by ASQ members into 24 categories, including job title, education, years of experience and geographic location. This year 9,072 responses were received, mostly from professionals in the United States and Canada.

Although results were overall positive, the effects of the recession are evident in the survey. Almost 85 percent of participants say their organization is taking steps to minimize economic challenges, including pay cuts, salary freezes, layoffs and hiring freezes. Of those surveyed, 4.9 percent are unemployed, retired or laid off.

"In spite of these tumultuous times, it is encouraging to see that the value quality professionals bring to their organizations to improve the top line and contribute to the bottom line is being recognized and rewarded," says Paul Borawski, ASQ executive director and chief strategic officer. "By taking advantage of ASQ certifications and training, quality professionals have been able to weather the latest economic storm and prepare for a brighter future.