Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salary

The average Quality Control Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $49K per year. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $33K, overall incomes of Quality Control Specialists spread between $29K and $66K depending on individual performance. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Quality Control Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up a slight majority of Quality Control Specialists (58 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,219 - $73,603
(Median)
$33K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,121
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$12.31 - $23.38
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$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,219 - $73,603  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,083  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $32,772  
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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$29,320 - $66,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 316
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.31 - $23.38  
   
Overtime
$17.24 - $34.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,083  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $32,772  
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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$29,320 - $66,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Quality Control Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $59K per year.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Specialist


Quality Control Specialists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled 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. For Quality Control Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $49K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Control Specialists, 54 percent higher than the national average. Quality Control Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Quality Control Specialists is geography, with workers in Phoenix earning a whopping 23 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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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 112 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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