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

Quality Control Inspectors in the United States pull down an average of $16.41 per hour. The range in cash compensation to Quality Control Inspectors ($25K to $71K) includes potential earnings of $3K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the particular employer are driving factors as well. The majority of Quality Control Inspectors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Quality Control Inspectors survey respondents are men (71 percent). A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,095 - $77,106  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,465  
Profit Sharing
$259.12 - $3,487  
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$25,097 - $70,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 599
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$10.98 - $26.89  
   
Overtime
$15.55 - $42.59  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,465  
   
Profit Sharing
$259.12 - $3,487  
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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$25,097 - $70,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,043
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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 $68K per year. 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


U.S. Air Force (USAF) offers the largest salaries in town — $60K on average.

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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. Competency in Microsoft Excel frequently indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office.

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.


Quality Control Inspectors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Quality Control Inspectors make a median salary of $46K. 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


With a pay rate for Quality Control Inspectors that is 56 percent greater than the national average, Everett offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Quality Control Inspectors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+42 percent), San Antonio (+37 percent), Dallas (+27 percent), and Phoenix (+25 percent). Cleveland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 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

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

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

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 491 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

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%