Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Salary

The average Quality Control Inspector in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.31 per hour. Total cash compensation for Quality Control Inspectors runs from $25K to $71K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though years of experience and location have a (lesser) impact as well. There are more male Quality Control Inspectors than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 67 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Quality Control Inspectors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,289 - $88,377
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$88K
MEDIAN: $50,956
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$11.07 - $26.50
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$31,289 - $88,377  
   
Bonus
$302.93 - $5,039  
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $6,411  
Commission
$200.00  
Total Pay (?
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$24,913 - $70,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 825
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Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $26.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$15.85 - $43.63  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$302.93 - $5,039  
   
Commission
$200.00  
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $6,411  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,913 - $70,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,056

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Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector

A quality assurance (QA) or quality control (QC) inspector works for a company to inspect, test, and sample materials, parts, or products for defects and any deviations from specifications. The inspector will discard anything that does not meet with company standards, including products, materials, and equipment used by the company in processing. A QA or QC inspector will observe production operations and equipment to ensure that specifications are being met and to make or order necessary adjustments to processes or assemblies. The inspector will discuss results and findings with those in charge of the products, and recommend any required corrective actions. A high school diploma is required to obtain employment as a quality assurance or quality control inspector, and a formal college degree (bachelor's or associate's, depending on employer preferences) is also sometimes needed. Previous experience carrying out the duties and responsibilities of an inspector is preferable, but on-the-job training can be provided by many companies. A keen attention to detail is central to the job in order to detect defects that could be easily missed by the consumer but still present a safety risk, and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively when reporting issues and defects is necessary. An inspector should be able to interpret blueprints and other drawings that detail product specifications. Experience with measuring tools is required as well, and a quality assurance inspector should be able to work under pressure. Hours will vary, but an inspector can plan on working a set schedule that could be on the first, second, or third shift in a production factory or plant.


Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Tasks

  • Inspect, test, and sample materials or assembled parts or products for defects and deviations from specifications.
  • Observe and monitor production operations and equipment to ensure conformance to specifications and make or order necessary process or assembly adjustments.
  • Discuss inspection results with those responsible for products, and recommend necessary corrective actions.
  • Discard or reject products, materials, and equipment not meeting specifications.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector


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While not commonly seen, Quality Control Inspectors who transition into a Quality Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Quality Managers is $73K per year. Quality Control Inspectors most often advance into Manufacturing Quality Assurance Inspector and Quality Assurance Technician positions even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Quality Control Inspectors include The Boeing Company, Honeywell Aerospace, Spacex, BAE Systems Inc., and General Electric Co (GE). Quality Control Inspectors seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Spacex, where the average salary comes to $80K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Bombardier, The Boeing Company, and U.S. Air Force (USAF), top-paying firms where Quality Control Inspectors rake in a comfortable $74K, $62K, or $59K, respectively.

Eaton Corporation, Honeywell International Inc, and General Electric Co (GE) also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $45K, $48K, and $54K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Safety Compliance, Cmm, and Quality Improvement / QA are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 85 percent, 22 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Outlook as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Team Leadership and INSPECTION also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel, Blueprints, and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Precision Measurement are also skilled in Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Quality Control Inspectors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. On average, Quality Control Inspectors make $47K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,241

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For those looking to make money, Quality Control Inspectors in Minneapolis enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Quality Control Inspectors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+36 percent), New York (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Denver (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 2 percent, Wichita is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector?

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector in South Point:
"Easy Job, Good Experience."
Pros: Working directly with teams by delivering results when testing their features. Being able to categorize and organize my tasks based on when they are due.
Cons: I've forgotten a lot of my coding technique. If I had more time to work on my Android development, that'd be great.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector in Mason:
"Perks."
Pros: I have a boss who is willing to help me and teach me. I'm able to work with live customer data and make a significant impact on an internal data migration project, so I am able to see that my work is important. Also, my boss trusts me so I am able to give input that I know will be listened to and taken into account.
Cons: My biggest complaint is the pay and benefits. I am payed $17/hour which is the same as a our employees who only do data entry. I am above this team, and even have helped train this team on certain things and created scorecards to evaluate the individuals on the team and yet I am payed the same amount as them. Also, in my first year at Cintas, I did not receive any paid time off, and I only get 5 days of paid time off for my second year. This seems like a very small amount especially when you have family all over the US. I believe that based on the work I have done and continue to do for this company, that I deserve a salaried position that pays a good amount more than I am currently being paid and a better vacation package. I don't feel as if my work is being ignored, because I am told by multiple people that I am doing great work, but I would like to see that appreciation in the form of a promotion/raise.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector in Kansas City:
"Perfect."
Pros: I really love the idea of doing something different everyday..avoid routine and training others to learn the job...
Cons: Having to many temporary employee can be very frustrating...

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector in Huntington Beach:
Pros: I like the fast paced environment as well as doing my best to make sure the work is performed according to the specifications.
Cons: The management. The pay is not sufficient for the cost of living.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector in Kent:
"The first and last line of defense."
Pros: Interacting with with the engineers as if you are on the same level as them. Getting the chance to step up and say what's on your mind and ideas. Having the chance to figure difficult situations.
Cons: Mistakes that others make, like the buyer, qe, vender, and others.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector in St. Gabriel:
"Detailed Occupation."
Pros: Inspection is a "Last line of Defense". Integrity is a must have quality, these articles have the potential to cause extreme peril to everyone near them. Knowing you are a part of assuring the safety of those in and around them is gratifying.
Cons: Many people are trying to rush the product out of the door. "Thick Skin" is also a must have quality. The hours can also be extreme 80+ a week sometimes.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector in Cincinnati:
"Moderately Flexible Schedule, Friendly Environment, Hot."
Pros: Good hours, free water, friendly people, different job opportunities.
Cons: It gets hot and cold during the seasons, can be stressful, tons of work.

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 566 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Salaries

▲38%

▲19%

▲9%

National Average
$39,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Salaries

Safety Compliance
▲85%

Cmm
▲22%

Quality Improvement / QA
▲13%

Data Analysis
▲9%

▲7%





Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼0%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼0%

National Average
$39,000

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
▼4%

INSPECTION
▼15%

Team Leadership
▼16%

Microsoft Outlook
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 566 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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