Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Salary
|Salary||$32,228 - $88,444|
|Bonus||$295.46 - $5,152|
|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).)
|$25,086 - $71,249|
|Hourly Rate||$11.20 - $26.53|
|Overtime||$16.01 - $43.19|
|Bonus||$295.46 - $5,152|
|Profit Sharing||$250.00 - $5,000|
|Total Pay (||$25,086 - $71,249|
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
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.
Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Job Listings
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
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.
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