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Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salary

An average Quality Control Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $49K per year. 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 $65K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Quality Control Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,349 - $72,593
(Median)
$32K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $49,182
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$12.08 - $23.17
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,349 - $72,593  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,956  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $33,081  
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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$28,843 - $65,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $23.17  
   
Overtime
$16.57 - $35.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,956  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $33,081  
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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$28,843 - $65,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 278

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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 $58K per year.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Specialist


Quality Control Specialists only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $40K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Quality Control Specialists make a median salary of $49K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location


Dallas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Quality Control Specialists, 16 percent above the national average. Quality Control Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+15 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and San Antonio (+2 percent). San Diego ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 1 percent below the national average.

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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

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
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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
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 13%