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

Quality Control Inspectors in the United States take home approximately $16.55 per hour on average. In the world of Quality Control Inspectors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $25K and $71K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though tenure and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Quality Control Inspectors report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Making up 70 percent of those who took the survey, male Quality Control Inspectors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,808 - $78,349
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$78K
MEDIAN: $49,617
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$11.05 - $27.13
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$11
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,808 - $78,349  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,479  
Profit Sharing
$252.53 - $5,022  
Commission
$5,896 - $12,208  
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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$25,069 - $71,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 646
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.05 - $27.13  
   
Overtime
$15.87 - $42.55  
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 - $3,479  
   
Commission
$5,896 - $12,208  
Profit Sharing
$252.53 - $5,022  
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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$25,069 - $71,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,293
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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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At the upper end, Quality Control Inspectors who move into a Quality Assurance Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Quality Assurance Managers is a much higher $68K per year. Many Quality Control Inspectors advance into roles as Manufacturing Quality Assurance Inspectors or Quality Assurance Technicians, but the median salaries are $4K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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


For Quality Control Inspectors, comfortable salaries can be found at U.S. Air Force (USAF); in fact, median earnings sit around $60K, the highest in the area.

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


Quality Control Inspectors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with non destructive testing and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 82 percent and 5 percent, respectively. The majority of those 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.


For many Quality Control Inspectors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. 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. Quality Control Inspectors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Quality Control Inspectors that is 48 percent greater than the national average, Everett offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Quality Control Inspectors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+43 percent), San Antonio (+34 percent), Dallas (+27 percent), and Tulsa (+23 percent). Cleveland is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of 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 St. Gabriel:
"Detailed Occupation."
Pros: Inspection is a "Last line of Defense". Integrity is a must have quality, these articles have the potential to cause extreme peril to everyone near them. Knowing you are a part of assuring the safety of those in and around them is gratifying.
Cons: Many people are trying to rush the product out of the door. "Thick Skin" is also a must have quality. The hours can also be extreme 80+ a week sometimes.

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

Microsoft Excel
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 511 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
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: 55% employee benefits None: 19%
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