Quality Control (QC) Supervisor Salary
Pay for Quality Control Supervisors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $59K per year. Cash earnings for Quality Control Supervisors — which occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $33K to approximately $82K. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Quality Control Supervisors making up 51 percent of survey respondents. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Quality Control Supervisors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Quality Control (QC) Supervisor
Quality control (QC) supervisors are responsible for all aspects of quality control in an organization. They supervise the quality control department, which includes handling all personnel and policies. QC supervisors ensure their teams follow established rules for handling quality control issues; these rules are meant to address quality issues in a timely manner while retaining profitability. They assign work to employees and oversee schedules under the guidance of their manager and human resources guidelines. QC supervisors train new employees in the quality control department on proper testing procedures and safety habits. Because these supervisors handle day-to-day quality assurance activities, they are positioned to offer feedback on procedures and recommend improvements to management. Additionally, QC supervisors implement testing procedures as outlined by their manager and according to industry standards.Read More...
QC supervisors work full time in a manufacturing environment. They work with a variety of departments and personnel - such as engineers and line workers - to test and assess the quality of product output. They must maintain knowledge of accepted industry testing practices, as well as any new developments in their industry.
QC supervisors are generally required to hold a bachelor’s degree in a field related to their company’s industry. They must have several years’ experience to reach the supervisory level. QC supervisors also must have strong knowledge of quality standards and the specific industry in which they work to properly assess the quality of output.
Quality Control (QC) Supervisor Tasks
- Recommend manufacturing or technology aids to increase speed and efficiency.
- Supervise the selection, workflow, training and development of staff.
- Assess production process issues, and recommend improvements.
- Supervise product testing to ensure procedure accuracy.
- Assist in developing and implementing quality assurance programs to meet production standards and customer requirements.
Common Career Paths for Quality Control (QC) Supervisor
At the upper end, Quality Control Supervisors who move into a Quality Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Quality Managers is a much higher $73K per year. Quality Control Supervisors most often move into positions as Quality Control Managers or Quality Assurance Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $6K higher and $16K higher, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Supervisor
Quality Control Supervisors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Microbiology, GMP Compliance, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 56 percent, 22 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel.
Pay by Experience Level for Quality Control (QC) Supervisor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Quality Control Supervisors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $45K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $53K. Quality Control Supervisors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $60K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $64K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Quality Control Supervisors, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Quality Control Supervisors will also find cushy salaries in Raleigh (+19 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Irvine (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). Quality Control Supervisors in Grand Rapids make 35 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers in Houston and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).
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