The average Quality Control Engineer in the United States earns approximately $63K per year. Cash earnings for Quality Control Engineers — which occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $43K to approximately $88K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Quality Control Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for Quality Control Engineers is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$46,666 - $87,010
(Median)
$47K
$63K
$87K
MEDIAN: $63,264
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$14.32 - $34.82
(Median)
$14
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,666 - $87,010  
   
Bonus
$308.37 - $8,002  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,500  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$43,195 - $88,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 934
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.32 - $34.82  
   
Overtime
$15.72 - $45.31  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$308.37 - $8,002  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,500  
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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$43,195 - $88,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Engineer

Quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC) engineers are responsible for ensuring the quality of products and services produced by their company. They oversee the manufacturing of products and they are involved in every stage of making a product--from development and manufacturing to packaging.

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

  • Review and approve quality requirements for manufacturing planning, supplier purchase orders, and engineering specifications to ensure contract compliance.
  • Develop, document, and audit practices, program quality, and metrics reporting system.
  • Perform and coordinate inspections and determine quality assurance testing models of raw materials and finished products.
  • Prepare, document, and execute detailed test plans, test cases, and defect reports.

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


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As Quality Control Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Test Automation Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Test Automation Engineers earn $88K on average per year. Quality Control Engineers most often move into positions as Quality Managers or Quality Assurance Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $10K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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


Quality Control Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Six Sigma Black Belt, Six Sigma Green Belt, Project Management, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD and Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are similarly competent in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis.

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

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


For Quality Control Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $60K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $66K. Quality Control Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $69K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,937

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Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Quality Control Engineers in Montgomery receive some of the highest pay in the country. Quality Control Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Greenville (+20 percent), San Diego (+19 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Cincinnati (+12 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Columbus is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (3 percent less) and Indianapolis (1 percent less).

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




National Average
$63,000


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



Project Management
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$63,000

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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 124 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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