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As in past surveys, 2010 survey results also show that respondents’ salaries increase as their experience in the quality field increases:
Specific job categories combined with years of experience also continue to have a significant impact on salary increases. For example, quality managers with more than 20 years of quality experience earn, on average, $4,000 more than managers with 10-20 years of quality experience. These experienced managers-those with 20 or more years-also earn more than $12,000 more than managers with 10 or fewer years of quality experience.
A first-time comprehensive analysis of the last four years of salary surveys also shows some positive labor trends. Only 3.1% of respondents to the 2010 survey said they were unemployed, retired or laid off compared to 4.9% of 2009 respondents. More 2010 respondents also reported that their companies didn’t have to make moves such as furloughs, layoffs or hiring freezes to weather the sputtering economy.
Certifications Can Mean CashThis year, 59% of survey respondents reported that they have one or more ASQ certifications, and 25% said they hold two or more ASQ certifications. While certifications and training enable quality professionals to gain new skills and proficiencies, they can also greatly increase a quality professional’s earning power.
The value of Six Sigma training has also held up well over the past several years. In particular, those in the United States with Master Black Belt (MBB) training earned a premium of more than $20,000 compared to those who stopped at Black Belt training.
This recent survey underscores that while quality professionals have not been immune to the economic recession, there are an expanding number of opportunities for professional growth. For 24 years, ASQ has released its Annual Salary Survey, an indicator of the health of the quality profession using salary results. The survey breaks down salary information, submitted by ASQ members, into 24 categories such as job title, education, years of experience, and geographic location. A total of 5,348 responses were received this year, the vast majority coming from professionals who work in the United States and Canada.