Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salary

Median pay for Quality Control Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $49K annually. Total cash compensation for Quality Control Specialists runs from $29K to $67K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Quality Control Specialists. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,773 - $74,271
(Median)
$33K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,016
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$12.44 - $23.17
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,773 - $74,271  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,040  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,696  
Commission
$2,200  
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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$29,386 - $66,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 352
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.44 - $23.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.71 - $34.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,040  
   
Commission
$2,200  
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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$29,386 - $66,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 336
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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 diverse set of skills on the job. 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. Most people 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $40K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $45K. For Quality Control Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Quality Control Specialists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,977

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Control Specialists, 39 percent higher than the national average. Quality Control Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+24 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), Columbus (+16 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Quality Control Specialists is geography, with workers in Phoenix earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average.

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
$43,000


Skills That Affect Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$43,000

Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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