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

Quality Control Inspectors in the United States take home an average $16.49 per hour. Final cash compensation to Quality Control Inspectors varies from around $25K to approximately $71K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $5K, respectively. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 70 percent of those who took the survey, male Quality Control Inspectors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,784 - $77,559
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$31K
$50K
$78K
MEDIAN: $49,613
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$11.00 - $27.12
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$11
$16
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,784 - $77,559  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,514  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $5,011  
Commission
$3,200 - $16,000  
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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$25,162 - $70,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 625
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $27.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.16  
Overtime
$15.65 - $42.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,514  
   
Commission
$3,200 - $16,000  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $5,011  
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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$25,162 - $70,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,203

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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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For Quality Control Inspectors, progressing to a Quality Assurance Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Quality Assurance Manager can earn $68K annually. A lot of Quality Control Inspectors advance their careers by becoming Manufacturing Quality Assurance Inspectors and Quality Assurance Technicians. However, those positions offer $4K less and $3K less per year on average.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Job Listings

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


Those at U.S. Air Force (USAF) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $60K.

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


Survey results imply that Quality Control Inspectors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with non destructive testing, Blueprints, and Precision Measurement are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 83 percent, 5 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. On average, Quality Control Inspectors make $46K following one to two decades on the job. Quality Control Inspectors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Control Inspectors, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Quality Control Inspectors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Everett (+41 percent), San Antonio (+36 percent), Dallas (+27 percent), and Tulsa (+23 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cleveland, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and Cincinnati (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 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.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector in Arlington Heights:
"Exciting."
Pros: Every day we have different parts to check (variance). Working with people. Knowing that I contribute to the quality of the products. I enjoy moving all night from press to press checking parts. Also I enjoy doing the 1st piece for production be able to run the products.
Cons: Arguments with boss went products fail. The pay is too low.

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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
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Precision Measurement
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 523 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 18%
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