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

Median pay for Quality Control Inspectors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.52 per hour. Cash earnings for Quality Control Inspectors — including $4K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $25K to $71K depending on individual performance. While career duration and the specific company impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Male Quality Control Inspectors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,693 - $78,088
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$31K
$50K
$78K
MEDIAN: $49,594
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$11.06 - $27.19
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$11
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,693 - $78,088  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,511  
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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$25,111 - $71,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 640
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.06 - $27.19  
   
Overtime
$15.90 - $42.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,511  
   
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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$25,111 - $71,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,278
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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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As Quality Control Inspectors transition into upper-level roles such as Quality Assurance Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Quality Assurance Managers earn $68K on average per year. Quality Control Inspectors most frequently become Manufacturing Quality Assurance Inspectors and Quality Assurance Technicians even though median compensation is $4K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, U.S. Air Force (USAF) offers the most; Quality Control Inspectors earn $60K on average there.

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


Quality Control Inspectors report using a wide range of professional skills. 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. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Quality Control Inspectors. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Quality Control Inspectors make a median salary of $46K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Control Inspectors, working in the bustling city of Everett has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Quality Control Inspectors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+44 percent), San Antonio (+36 percent), Dallas (+27 percent), and Tulsa (+23 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Cleveland is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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Windows Operating System General Use
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National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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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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