Quality Engineer Statistics in the US

The average employee age for quality engineers is 43 years. The quality engineer workforce reached a whopping 113,762 in 2020!

Among quality engineers, we discovered that 22.1% of them are women, while 72.9% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among quality engineers is White, which makes up 69.5% of all quality engineers. Comparatively, there are 16.1% of the Asian ethnicity and 8.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The majority of quality engineers are located in TX, Houston and CA, San Jose.

Quality engineers are more likely to work at public companies in comparison to private companies. Taking it a step further, quality engineers are more likely to find a job in the manufacturing industry. Looking at quality engineer statistics, we found was that California, Delaware, Massachusetts, Texas and Arizona are where quality engineers find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about quality engineer demographics? We analyzed 23,690 quality engineers resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Quality Engineer Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as quality engineers. Keep reading to find out what the results for quality engineers were.

Quality Engineer Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among quality engineers is White, which makes up 69.5% of all quality engineers. Comparatively, there are 16.1% of the Asian ethnicity and 8.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 69.5%
  • Asian, 16.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 8.5%
  • Black or African American, 3.7%
  • Unknown, 1.8%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.4%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Quality Engineers

The chart below shows that 47.6% of quality engineers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Chinese at 7.8% and German is the third-most popular at 6.8%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 47.6%
  • Chinese, 7.8%
  • German, 6.8%
  • French, 6.5%
  • Mandarin, 6.4%
  • Other, 24.9%

Most Common Degree for Quality Engineer

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for quality engineers. The most common degree for quality engineers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 65% of quality engineers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 12% and rounding it off is master's degree with 12%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 65%
  • Associate degree, 12%
  • Masters degree, 12%
  • High School Diploma degree, 1%
  • Other Degrees, 10%

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Quality Engineer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among quality engineers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Quality Engineer Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the quality engineer position over time.


Quality Engineer Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of quality engineers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of quality engineers based on ethnicity and gender.


Number Of Years On The Job For Quality Engineer

By looking over 23,690 quality engineers resumes, we figured out that the average quality engineer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 37%.

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1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Quality Engineer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of quality engineer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of quality engineers is 40+ years old, which represents 59% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Quality Engineers with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, machine tool designer and senior electronics design engineer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Domestic Engineer13%83%
Quality Engineer73%22%
Senior Field Service Engineer93%4%
Senior Electronics Design Engineer94%2%
Machine Tool Designer95%2%
Machine Tool Designer
Senior Electronics Design Engineer
Senior Field Service Engineer
Quality Engineer
Domestic Engineer

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Quality Engineers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to quality engineers.

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Job Titleascdesc
Computer Hardware Designer3.53%
Electrical Prospecting Engineer4.72%
Junior Project Engineer5.29%
Mechanical Engineer HVAC Design6.59%
Quality Engineer7.24%
Marine Engineering Consultant7.40%
Propulsion Engineer8.02%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Quality Engineer?

Male Income
Female Income

Quality Engineer Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Asian women make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Quality Engineer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Some College/ Associate Degree$79,780
Bachelor's Degree$84,779
Master's Degree$93,808
Doctorate Degree$97,254

Quality Engineer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Quality Engineer Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a quality engineer can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of quality engineers is $102,904. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Quality Engineers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where quality engineers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Quality Engineers Located?

By looking through more than 23,690 resumes, we found that the most popular places for quality engineers are TX, Houston and CA, San Jose.

Number of Quality Engineers

Where Are Quality Engineers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country quality engineers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Quality Engineer Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ quality engineers. We found that the most common company type is public. In addition, the industry that employs the most quality engineers is the manufacturing industry.

What Percentage Of Quality Engineer Jobs Are Remote?

0.5% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

99.5% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire quality engineers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Quality Engineer Work In

Employees with the quality engineer job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most quality engineers prefer to work at public companies over private companies.

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Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ quality engineers. Those industries include manufacturing, technology and automotive.

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