Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salary

Earnings for Quality Control Specialists in the United States come in at around $49K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Quality Control Specialists approaches anywhere from $29K on the lower end to $66K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Quality Control Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women Quality Control Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,912 - $73,603

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$12.26 - $23.27

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,912 - $73,603  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,079  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,787  
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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$29,315 - $65,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 316
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $23.27  
   
Overtime
$16.91 - $34.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,079  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,787  
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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$29,315 - $65,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 295
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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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Many Quality Control Specialists move into a Quality Control Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $58K per year.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Specialist


Professional skills reported by Quality Control Specialists are few in number. 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 pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $40K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $46K. Quality Control Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $49K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location


Quality Control Specialists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 55 percent. Quality Control Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+23 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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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National Average
$43,000

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 111 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 12%
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