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

For Quality Control Inspectors, hourly average wages total $16.45 per hour. In the world of Quality Control Inspectors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $25K and $71K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career duration and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,769 - $76,669
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$31K
$49K
$77K
MEDIAN: $49,433
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$11.04 - $27.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,769 - $76,669  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,511  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $4,989  
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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$25,272 - $70,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 623
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.04 - $27.18  
   
Overtime
$15.50 - $42.75  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,511  
   
Commission
$3,200 - $16,000  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $4,989  
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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$25,272 - $70,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,157

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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.

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


Quality Control Inspectors seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at U.S. Air Force (USAF), where the average salary comes to $60K.

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


Quality Control Inspectors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $53K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Quality Control Inspectors, Everett offers exceptional salaries, 56 percent above the national average. Quality Control Inspectors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+47 percent), San Antonio (+37 percent), Dallas (+27 percent), and Tulsa (+27 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cleveland, which sits 9 percent below 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 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

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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 529 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 19%