Quality Control Inspectors in the United States pull down an average of $16.21 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Quality Control Inspectors vary widely between $25K and $70K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and location. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Quality Control Inspectors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Quality Control Inspectors who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$31,026 - $86,497
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$86K
MEDIAN: $50,916
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$11.06 - $26.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$31,026 - $86,497  
   
Bonus
$367.61 - $5,041  
Profit Sharing
$490.94 - $5,152  
Commission
$200.00  
Total Pay (?
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$24,914 - $70,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 782
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.06 - $26.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$15.78 - $44.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$367.61 - $5,041  
   
Commission
$200.00  
Profit Sharing
$490.94 - $5,152  
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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$24,914 - $70,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,835
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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

  • Discuss inspection results with those responsible for products, and recommend necessary corrective actions.
  • Discard or reject products, materials, and equipment not meeting specifications.
  • 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.

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


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Quality Control Inspectors do not often transition into Quality Manager roles. The role averages $73K per year. 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 $2K 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 top-notch employers for Quality Control Inspectors in this area. Spacex offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $81K. 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 respectable $74K, $60K, or $58K, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are BAE Systems Inc. ($45K), Honeywell International Inc ($48K), and General Electric Co (GE) ($54K).

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


Quality Control Inspectors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Construction Site Inspection, Safety Compliance, and Cmm are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 70 percent, 33 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Outlook as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Team Leadership and Data Analysis also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel, Blueprints, and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Precision Measurement also know 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Quality Control Inspectors. The average beginner in this position makes around $34K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $43K. Quality Control Inspectors see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $55K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,024

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 40 percent, Quality Control Inspectors in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Quality Control Inspectors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+39 percent), New York (+29 percent), Phoenix (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 2 percent south of the national average.

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

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

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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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Salaries




National Average
$39,000


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

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 70%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 33%

Cmm
up arrow 18%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 14%



Precision Measurement
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$39,000

INSPECTION
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 5%

Team Leadership
up arrow 15%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 531 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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