Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary (United States)

Earnings for Quality Control Technicians in the United States typically come in at around $15.77 per hour. Compensation generally starts at $11.63 per hour and does not exceed $21.41. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary (?
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$29,984 - $52,421
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $39,101
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Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary (?
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$11.63 - $21.41
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,984 - $52,421  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,500  
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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$25,968 - $51,433  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 349
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $21.41  
   
Overtime
$15.65 - $31.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,500  
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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$25,968 - $51,433  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,188
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Job Description for Quality Control (QC) Technician

Quality control (QC) technicians are a crucial part of almost all manufacturing operations. Contrary to what some believe, they are not only involved as a final check before a product goes out the door; they are also responsible for verifying the quality of the basic materials received (as using a flawed material in the production process will inevitably result in a flawed end product) as well as every step in the manufacturing process. 
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Quality Control (QC) Technician 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) Technician

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Though it's uncommon, some Quality Control Technicians move into roles as Quality Assurance Managers, bringing in an extra $31K per year. However, becoming a Quality Control Manager or Quality Assurance (QA) Technician is a more frequent transition for Quality Control Technicians.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Technician

Survey results suggest that Quality Control Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Technical Analysis and Troubleshooting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 4 percent respectively. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office and Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Control (QC) Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Quality Control Technicians do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Starting out, salaries fall in the $35K range but grow to $39K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $40K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Quality Control Technicians tend to earn $42K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. About two-thirds of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Minneapolis
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Irvine
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National Average
$36,000
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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Control Technicians, 21 percent higher than the national average. Quality Control Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+17 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), San Diego (+6 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). Lansing ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Employers pay around -9 percent in St. Louis and -8 percent in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Quality Control (QC) Technician Salaries

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$36,000

Skills That Affect Quality Control (QC) Technician Salaries

Troubleshooting
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Data Analysis
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Microsoft Office
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 352 votes.

Gender

Female
34%
female alumni
 
Male
66%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 17%