Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary

Quality Control Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $15.89 per hour. Pay generally varies between $11.67 per hour and $21.77. Total cash compensation to Quality Control Technicians approaches anywhere from $26K on the lower end to $53K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $3K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Quality Control Technicians who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 64 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,842 - $58,458
(Median)
$31K
$40K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,287
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$11.67 - $21.77
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,842 - $58,458  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,343  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,000  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$26,161 - $52,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 460
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $21.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.46 - $32.34  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,343  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,000  
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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$26,161 - $52,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,659
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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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Quality Control Technicians who transition into a Quality Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $73K per year. Becoming a Quality Assurance Technician or a Quality Control Manager is a common transition from a Quality Control Technician role.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Technician


Quality Control Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Quality Improvement / QA and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 23 percent, respectively. Most people who know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Quality Control Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $40K. Quality Control Technicians bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $45K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,790

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

Milwaukee offers some of the highest pay in the country for Quality Control Technicians, 22 percent above the national average. Quality Control Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+14 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Cincinnati (+9 percent). Quality Control Technicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Quality Control Technicians in Grand Rapids bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (9 percent lower) and Salt Lake City (8 percent lower).

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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
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Technical Analysis
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$37,000

Microsoft Excel
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Training
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 373 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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