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

Quality Control Inspectors in the United States take home an average $16.60 per hour. In the world of Quality Control Inspectors, overall income ranges from $25K near the bottom to $73K at the top; this can include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but years of experience and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Quality Control Inspectors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Work is enjoyable for Quality Control Inspectors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,722 - $81,397
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$31K
$50K
$81K
MEDIAN: $49,874
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$11.14 - $27.68
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,722 - $81,397  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,865  
Profit Sharing
$294.41 - $5,918  
Commission
$8,500  
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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$25,147 - $72,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 780
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.14 - $27.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.01 - $44.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,865  
   
Commission
$8,500  
Profit Sharing
$294.41 - $5,918  
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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$25,147 - $72,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,724
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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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As Quality Control Inspectors transition into upper-level roles such as Quality Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Quality Managers earn $73K on average per year. A Manufacturing Quality Assurance Inspector role is the most prevalent career advancement for Quality Control Inspectors. Paychecks for that role are $36K on average. The Quality Assurance Manager position is another common transition for Quality Control Inspectors; in this role, salaries are typically at the $69K mark.

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


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, U.S. Air Force (USAF) offers the most; Quality Control Inspectors earn $60K on average there.

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 non destructive testing, Problem Solving, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 82 percent, 17 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Microsoft Outlook and Data Analysis as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people experienced in 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.


For many Quality Control Inspectors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $42K. Quality Control Inspectors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $47K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,060

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

For those looking to make money, Quality Control Inspectors in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Quality Control Inspectors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Tulsa (+26 percent), Portland (+23 percent), Denver (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cleveland. Employers in Cincinnati and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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
$40,000


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

non destructive testing
up arrow 82%

Problem Solving
up arrow 17%


Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Precision Measurement
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 561 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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