Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salary

Median pay for Quality Control Specialists in the United States is around $49K annually. Cash earnings for Quality Control Specialists — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $29K to approximately $67K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Quality Control Specialists. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$32,773 - $74,271
(Median)
$33K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,016
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$12.44 - $23.17
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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
$32,773 - $74,271  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,040  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,696  
Commission
$2,200  
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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$29,386 - $66,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 352
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.44 - $23.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.71 - $34.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,040  
   
Commission
$2,200  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,696  
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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$29,386 - $66,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 336
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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 note just a narrow range of job 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. 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.


For Quality Control Specialists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $45K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Quality Control Specialists make a median salary of $51K. Quality Control Specialists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $52K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,977

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

For Quality Control Specialists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Quality Control Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+24 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), Columbus (+16 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Quality Control Specialists in Phoenix earning a whopping 22 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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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$43,000

Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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