Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salary

The average Quality Control Specialist in the United States earns approximately $49K annually. Cash earnings for Quality Control Specialists — including $5K in bonuses and $33K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $29K to $66K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women Quality Control Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,869 - $73,343
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$33K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $49,077
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$12.27 - $23.40
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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
$32,869 - $73,343  
   
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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$29,317 - $66,331  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 311
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.27 - $23.40  
   
Overtime
$16.83 - $34.87  
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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$29,317 - $66,331  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288
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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 often transition into Quality Control Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Quality Control Managers earn $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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. 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


With a pay rate for Quality Control Specialists that is 37 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Quality Control Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Diego, which sits 2 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
$44,000


Skills That Affect Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average
$44,000

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
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 13%
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