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

Median pay for Quality Control Inspectors in the United States is around $16.54 per hour. In the world of Quality Control Inspectors, overall income ranges from $25K near the bottom to $71K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the specific company are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Quality Control Inspectors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most Quality Control Inspectors survey respondents are men (70 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,742 - $78,622

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$11.12 - $27.00

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,742 - $78,622  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,471  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $4,989  
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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$25,093 - $70,511  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 652
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.12 - $27.00  
   
Overtime
$15.95 - $42.08  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,471  
   
Commission
$5,896 - $12,208  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $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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$25,093 - $70,511  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,309
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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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Quality Control Inspectors who transition into a Quality Assurance Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $68K 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


U.S. Air Force (USAF) offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $60K.

While select The Boeing Company employees may bring in up to $95K, a median salary of only $55K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

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


Survey results suggest that Quality Control Inspectors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with non destructive testing and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 83 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed 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.


Quality Control Inspectors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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. Quality Control Inspectors see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $53K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Control Inspectors, Houston provides a pay rate that is 43 percent greater than the national average. Quality Control Inspectors will also find cushy salaries in Everett (+36 percent), San Antonio (+32 percent), Dallas (+26 percent), and Tulsa (+23 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 11 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 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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Blueprints
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Microsoft Office
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Precision Measurement
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National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 504 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: 18%
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