For Quality Control Specialists, annual average wages total $50K per year. Total cash compensation to Quality Control Specialists approaches anywhere from $30K on the lower end to $73K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Quality Control Specialists (58 percent) survey respondents. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Quality Control Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$35,346 - $80,171
$35K
$50K
$80K
MEDIAN: $50,032
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50%
90%

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$12.37 - $24.24
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MEDIAN: $16.68
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,346 - $80,171  
   
Bonus
$2.00 - $7,861  
Profit Sharing
$48.94 - $9,933  
Commission
$8,650  
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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$29,575 - $73,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $24.24  
   
Overtime
$17.18 - $37.16  
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
$2.00 - $7,861  
   
Commission
$8,650  
Profit Sharing
$48.94 - $9,933  
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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$29,575 - $73,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 253

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Quality Control (QC) Specialist


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Quality Control Specialists do not often transition into Quality Control Manager roles. The role averages $59K per year.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Specialist


Survey results imply that Quality Control Specialists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Data Analysis, and Auditing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 24 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $40K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $42K. Quality Control Specialists see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Quality Control Specialists report making only $58K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,489

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Quality Control Specialists, 36 percent above the national average. Quality Control Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+32 percent), Boston (+32 percent), Columbus (+27 percent), and Houston (+25 percent). Quality Control Specialists in Kansas City take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 27 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (21 percent lower) and Chicago (4 percent lower).

Quality Control (QC) Specialist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Quality Control (QC) Specialist

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.
046
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%
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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
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Data Analysis
up arrow 24%

Auditing
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National Average
$42,000






Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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