For Quality Control Technicians, hourly average wages total $16.09 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $3K, overall incomes of Quality Control Technicians spread between $27K and $53K depending on individual performance. While career duration and the specific company impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Male Quality Control Technicians who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (60 percent) are men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,292 - $60,374
$31K
$42K
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MEDIAN: $41,923
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$11.95 - $21.84
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,292 - $60,374  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,030  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,534  
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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$26,744 - $53,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.95 - $21.84  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.20 - $32.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,030  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,534  
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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$26,744 - $53,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,366

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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

  • Perform routine testing to ensure quality and adherence to regulations and standards.
  • Conduct risk assessment and corrective action solutions.
  • Support factory quality engineers and managers with customer and supplier issues.
  • Calibrate and maintain all gauges and test machines.

Common Career Paths for Quality Control (QC) Technician


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Quality Control Technicians may progress into high-paying roles like Quality Manager, where median compensation is $73K annually. A Quality Control Technician often moves on to become a Quality Assurance Technician or a Quality Control Manager.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Technician


Quality Control Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Quality Improvement / QA, Precision Measurement, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 12 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Internal Audit. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Quality Control Technicians make a median salary of $41K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $45K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,027

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

For Quality Control Technicians, Minneapolis provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Quality Control Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+27 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Milwaukee (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Workers in Salt Lake City and San Diego earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 8 percent.

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Key Stats for Quality Control (QC) Technician

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 261 votes.
050
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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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
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Precision Measurement
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$37,000




Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Internal Audit
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 261 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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