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Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary (United States)

For Quality Control Technicians, hourly average wages total $15.75 per hour. Earnings sit near $11.65 per hour on the lower side but can approach $21.59 on the higher side. With some bonuses approaching $2K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $3K, overall incomes of Quality Control Technicians spread between $26K and $52K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Male Quality Control Technicians who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (66 percent) are men. Work is enjoyable for Quality Control Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary (?
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$30,165 - $53,237
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MEDIAN: $39,422
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Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary (?
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$11.65 - $21.59
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,165 - $53,237  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,065  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $2,960  
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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$26,041 - $51,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 368
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $21.59  
   
Overtime
$15.82 - $32.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,065  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $2,960  
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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$26,041 - $51,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,235
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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 advance into the role of a Quality Assurance Manager are fairly uncommon. Quality Assurance Managers on average earn $68K per year. Becoming a Quality Control Manager or a Quality Assurance Technician is, however, a more typical career progression for Quality Control Technicians.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Technician

Survey results suggest that Quality Control Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Troubleshooting, Data Analysis, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to 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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $39K. Quality Control Technicians see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Quality Control Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $43K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Milwaukee
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Los Angeles
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Cincinnati
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Chicago
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Atlanta
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Cleveland
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San Diego
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Seattle
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Tampa
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National Average
$36,000
Minneapolis
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Dallas
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St. Louis
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With a pay rate for Quality Control Technicians that is 34 percent greater than the national average, Milwaukee offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Quality Control Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+18 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Cincinnati (+15 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Indianapolis, 8 percent below the national average. Workers in St. Louis and Salt Lake City earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less).

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Experience Affects Quality Control (QC) Technician Salaries

National Average
$36,000

Skills That Affect Quality Control (QC) Technician Salaries

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

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 346 votes.

Gender

Female
34%
female alumni
 
Male
66%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 18%