Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary

An average Quality Control Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.89 per hour. Pay generally varies between $11.67 per hour and $21.77. 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 $53K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Quality Control Technicians. Men account for the majority of Quality Control Technicians who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Quality Manager, where median compensation is $73K annually. It is not unusual for a Quality Control Technician 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 and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 23 percent, respectively. The majority of those 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $40K. Quality Control Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Quality Control Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $45K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,790

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

Home to some of the best pay for Quality Control Technicians, Milwaukee offers exceptional salaries, 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 in Grand Rapids earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (9 percent less) and Salt Lake City (8 percent less).

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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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