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Twelve industrial salary surveys covering various positions in the quality-assurance field were studied and compared with salary rates for federal employees in the quality-assurance field. The scope of the study, in terms of industry and geography, was limited in some positions to the aerospace industry in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The positions studied span a wide range of duties and responsibilities. Individually, the positions selected were judged to be representative of occupational groups which are numerically important in industry as well as in federal service. For most positions, salary levels in federal civil service were slightly higher than in private industry. Federal employee salary levels in the nondegree technician jobs were lower than in industry; however, in some technical supervisory and top administrative positions, the federal employee salary levels were considerably lower.