Quality Control Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $49K annually. Total cash compensation to Quality Control Specialists bottoms out near $30K and approaches $71K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Quality Control Specialists is high. Women make up a slight majority of Quality Control Specialists (57 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$35,160 - $76,168
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$76K
MEDIAN: $48,770
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$12.34 - $24.35
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,160 - $76,168  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,696  
Commission
$4,300  
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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$29,540 - $70,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 258
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.34 - $24.35  
   
Overtime
$17.31 - $38.57  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
   
Commission
$4,300  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,696  
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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$29,540 - $70,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 243
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Job Description for Quality Control (QC) Specialist

Quality control (QC) specialists are in charge of supervising quality control for their organization and troubleshooting quality-related issues as they arise. They also perform quality-related tests to ensure products comply with company and legal standards. Quality control specialists need to possess strong communications skills to relay important quality control concepts to technical and non-technical professionals. Additionally, they must have excellent analytical abilities to identify quality problems and develop appropriate solutions in a timely manner. In all tasks, they must follow relevant safety regulations.

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Quality Control (QC) Specialist Tasks

  • Support factory quality engineers and managers with customer and supplier issues.
  • Calibrate and maintain all gauges and test machines.
  • Perform routine testing to ensure quality and adherence to regulations and standards.
  • Conduct risk assessment and corrective action solutions.

Common Career Paths for Quality Control (QC) Specialist


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Advancing into a Quality Control Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Quality Control Specialists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $59K per year.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Specialist


Quality Control Specialists report using a wide range of professional skills. Lucky workers who know Project Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 53 percent above average. Auditing and Data Analysis are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 11 percent and 53 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Microsoft Office and Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Control (QC) Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $40K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $57K in this role. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $56K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,347

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

For Quality Control Specialists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Quality Control Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+28 percent), Columbus (+28 percent), Boston (+22 percent), and Houston (+21 percent). Compared to the national average, Kansas City Quality Control Specialists have considerably lower salaries, 29 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

Quality Control (QC) Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Quality Control (QC) Specialist?

Quality Control (QC) Specialist in Albany:
"Very detailed oriented, like finding mistakes to correct."
Pros: Finding errors and fixing them and helping co-workers with error trends to prevent them from re-occurring.
Cons: Management-small department-no growth potential.

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Experience Affects Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 53%

Data Analysis
up arrow 11%

Auditing
up arrow 11%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$42,000

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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