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Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salary

Median pay for Quality Control Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $49K annually. In the world of Quality Control Specialists, overall income ranges from $29K near the bottom to $66K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $22K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Quality Control Specialists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 59 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$32,712 - $73,988
(Median)
$33K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,363
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$12.17 - $23.17
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,712 - $73,988  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,004  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $21,900  
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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$29,175 - $66,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.17 - $23.17  
   
Overtime
$16.86 - $34.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,004  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $21,900  
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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$29,175 - $66,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 280

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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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Quality Control Specialists who move on to become Quality Control Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Quality Control Managers get paid an average of $58K per year.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Specialist


Typical Quality Control Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office and Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Control (QC) Specialist

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. On average, Quality Control Specialists make $50K following one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $49K.

Pay Difference by Location


Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Control Specialists, 15 percent higher than the national average. Quality Control Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+14 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), and San Antonio (+1 percent). San Diego is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 2 percent.

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Experience Affects Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average
$43,000

Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 13%
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