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

The average pay for a Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector is $16.43 per hour. A skill in non destructive testing is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Salary (?
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$30,921 - $76,941
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MEDIAN: $49,428
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$11.02 - $26.65
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,921 - $76,941  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,353  
Profit Sharing
$250.83 - $3,046  
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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$25,248 - $70,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 607
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.02 - $26.65  
   
Overtime
$15.42 - $41.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,353  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.83 - $3,046  
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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$25,248 - $70,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,002
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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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National Average
$40,000
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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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Precision Measurement
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Microsoft Office
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$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

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 489 votes.

Gender

Female
28%
female alumni
 
Male
72%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
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: 18%