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

The average Quality Control Inspector in the United States earns approximately $16.60 per hour. In the world of Quality Control Inspectors, total cash compensation can vary between $25K and $73K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $4K and $6K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but tenure and the particular employer are influential 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 the larger part earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Quality Control Inspectors who answered the questionnnaire. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,722 - $81,397
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$31K
$50K
$81K
MEDIAN: $49,874
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$11.14 - $27.68
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$11
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,722 - $81,397  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,865  
Profit Sharing
$294.41 - $5,918  
Commission
$8,500  
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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$25,147 - $72,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 780
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.14 - $27.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.01 - $44.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,865  
   
Commission
$8,500  
Profit Sharing
$294.41 - $5,918  
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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$25,147 - $72,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,724
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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 Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $73K per year. Quality Control Inspectors go on to become Manufacturing Quality Assurance Inspectors more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $36K. Quality Control Inspectors who move into a Quality Assurance Manager role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $69K.

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


Quality Control Inspectors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with non destructive testing, Problem Solving, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 82 percent, 17 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Microsoft Outlook and Data Analysis, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people familiar with Precision Measurement also know Blueprints.

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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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 $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,060

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Quality Control Inspectors, Houston provides a pay rate that is 42 percent greater than the national average. Quality Control Inspectors will also find cushy salaries in Tulsa (+26 percent), Portland (+23 percent), Denver (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 9 percent below the national average. Cincinnati and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 3 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively.

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
up arrow 82%

Problem Solving
up arrow 17%


Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Precision Measurement
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Excel
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Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Outlook
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 561 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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