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

The average Quality Control Inspector in the United States earns approximately $16.44 per hour. Overall incomes of Quality Control Inspectors generally bottom out at around $25K and peak near $71K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $5K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by years of experience and geography. There are more male Quality Control Inspectors than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 66 percent. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Quality Control Inspectors. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,228 - $88,444
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MEDIAN: $51,349
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$32,228 - $88,444  
   
Bonus
$295.46 - $5,152  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $5,000  
Commission
$7,000  
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$25,086 - $71,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 911
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Hourly Rate
$11.20 - $26.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$16.01 - $43.19  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$295.46 - $5,152  
   
Commission
$7,000  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $5,000  
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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$25,086 - $71,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,280

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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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It's not very common for Quality Control Inspectors to move on to become Quality Managers. Average pay for a Quality Manager is $73K annually. Quality Control Inspectors most often move into positions as Manufacturing Quality Assurance Inspectors or Quality Assurance Technicians. Manufacturing Quality Assurance Inspectors actually earn $3K less on average, however, and Quality Assurance Technicians earn $3K less per year than Quality Control Inspectors do.

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


The Boeing Company, Honeywell Aerospace, Spacex, BAE Systems Inc., and General Electric Co (GE) are among the top companies that take on many Quality Control Inspectors. Spacex attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $80K. Quality Control Inspectors can also look forward to large paychecks at Bombardier ($74K), U.S. Air Force (USAF) ($59K), and The Boeing Company ($58K).

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Eaton Corporation ($48K), Honeywell International Inc ($48K), and General Electric Co (GE) ($54K).

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


Survey results imply that Quality Control Inspectors deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Construction Site Inspection, Safety Compliance, and Cmm are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 130 percent, 45 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Outlook as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. INSPECTION and Team Leadership also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Precision Measurement tend to be well versed in Blueprints. Most people familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Microsoft Excel, Blueprints, and Microsoft Office.

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

Pay by Experience for a Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 2,187 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 1,155 salaries. An experienced Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 898 salaries. A Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 415 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $39,557

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Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Quality Control Inspectors in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Quality Control Inspectors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Phoenix (+18 percent), Denver (+16 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). Wichita ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 2 percent less in Cleveland and 1 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 658 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

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▲19%

▲8%

National Average
$40,000

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

Construction Site Inspection
▲130%

Safety Compliance
▲45%

Cmm
▲21%

▲6%

Data Analysis
▲6%




Microsoft Excel
▼0%

National Average
$40,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼1%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼1%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
▼5%

Team Leadership
▼9%

INSPECTION
▼16%

Microsoft Outlook
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 658 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

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: 57%
no benefits
None: 19%
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