Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary

An average Quality Control Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.91 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.58 per hour, and the top verges on $21.67. In the world of Quality Control Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $3K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $26K and $52K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Quality Control Technicians who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Quality Control Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,354 - $54,681
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,657
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$11.58 - $21.67
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,354 - $54,681  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,083  
Profit Sharing
$48.94 - $3,064  
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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$25,952 - $52,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 407
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $21.67  
   
Overtime
$15.39 - $32.15  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,083  
   
Profit Sharing
$48.94 - $3,064  
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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$25,952 - $52,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,424
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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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While Quality Control Technicians do not often become Quality Managers, the job pays $72K per year on average. It is more probable, however, that Quality Control Technicians become Quality Assurance Technicians or Quality Control Managers.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Technician


Quality Control Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Quality Improvement / QA and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know 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.


For Quality Control Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $43K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, Quality Control Technicians in Milwaukee receive some of the highest pay in the country. Quality Control Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+14 percent), Cincinnati (+14 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Workers in Salt Lake City and St. Louis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Quality Control (QC) Technician Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Quality Control (QC) Technician Salaries

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 27%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$37,000

Training
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 348 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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