Q Grader Salary
What is a typical Q Grader salary? A Q Grader certificate is awarded for the assessment of coffee competencies and knowledge. Any coffee professional — from the C.E.O. of a large coffee company to a coffee buyer, exporter or barista may be a Q Grader by passing the program’s exams. Others who hold the certificate are consumer enthusiasts and not employed in the coffee industry at all.
As a result, any reported range of salary for Q certificate holders is likely to be inaccurate. Also consider the same certificate is issued by CQI worldwide. This requires adjustment for cost of living in every city. In short, there is no standard “Q Grader” job role and thus, no meaningful way to track its annual income as a profession.
We can still draw some conclusions. In 2014, The Specialty Coffee Association published the first Barista and Roaster Compensation Report. Among the report’s findings, it proves a strong correlation between certificate status and compensation. On average, certified roasters earned 6% more than non-certified counterparts and baristas, 19% more. It seems reasonable to infer a similar benefit to Q Graders — perhaps better.
The Q Grader certificate program is older than programs offered by the Specialty Coffee Association has strong brand recognition. That’s particularly noteworthy in coffee producing countries and quickly growing consumer countries of Asia. It remains an authoritative standard recognized in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and more recently, China.
The most compelling evidence of salary benefit from a certificate comes from the coffee industry. Job posting requirements now include “Q Grader certificate” with increasing frequency. Job listings that do not explicitly mention a Q Grader status may require competencies addressed by the program. In this situation, a Q Grader applicant may use the certificate as proof of competency.
So when answering the question, “what is a Q Grader salary?” there is no numerical value but there is a simple answer: a Q Grader’s salary is likely higher than other coffee professionals without the certificate. How much so will depend on you and where you live and how you use it.
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