Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salary

Quality Control Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $50K annually. With some bonuses approaching $8K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Quality Control Specialists spread between $29K and $74K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Quality Control Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Quality Control Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$35,393 - $81,601
$35K
$50K
$82K
MEDIAN: $50,047
10%
50%
90%

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$12.50 - $24.30
$13
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.65
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,393 - $81,601  
   
Bonus
$2.14 - $7,796  
Profit Sharing
$49.32 - $9,899  
Total Pay (?
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$29,395 - $74,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $24.30  
   
Overtime
$17.12 - $37.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$2.14 - $7,796  
   
Profit Sharing
$49.32 - $9,899  
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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$29,395 - $74,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 240

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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 often transition into Quality Control Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Quality Control Managers earn $59K per year. Typical career progression for a Quality Control Specialist involves becoming a Quality Assurance Specialist or a Quality Control Supervisor, roles that pay $6K more and $11K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Specialist


Survey results suggest that Quality Control Specialists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. Most people familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Microsoft Office and Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Control (QC) Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Quality Control (QC) Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Control (QC) Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 297 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Control (QC) Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 125 salaries. An experienced Quality Control (QC) Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 112 salaries. A Quality Control (QC) Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 42 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,458

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

For Quality Control Specialists, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 56 percent above the national average. Quality Control Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+41 percent), Columbus (+37 percent), San Francisco (+36 percent), and Seattle (+32 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Quality Control Specialists is geography, with workers in Kansas City earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and Cincinnati (21 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salaries

▲42%

▲36%

▼0%

National Average
$42,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salaries

Project Management
▲53%

Data Analysis
▲24%

Auditing
▲11%

National Average
$42,000






Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 15%