Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary (United States)

Pay for Quality Control (QC) Technicians in the United States is typically around $15.77 per hour. Compensation starts at $11.63 per hour and can reach $21.41. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $29,984 on the lower end to $52,421 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2,061 from bonuses and upwards of $3,500 from profit sharing. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Most Quality Control (QC) Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary (?
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$29,984 - $52,421
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MEDIAN: $39,101
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Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary (?
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,984 - $52,421  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,500  
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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$25,968 - $51,433  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 349
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $21.41  
   
Overtime
$15.65 - $31.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,500  
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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$25,968 - $51,433  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,188
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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 (QC) Technicians who transition into Quality Assurance Managers are seldom found, but they do earn an extra $31K per year. However, becoming a Quality Control Manager or Quality Assurance (QA) Technician is a more frequent transition for Quality Control (QC) Technicians.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Technician

Quality Control (QC) Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Technical Analysis and Troubleshooting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 4 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.
For Quality Control (QC) Technicians, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Starting out, salaries are typically $35K, which grows to $39K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $40K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Quality Control (QC) Technicians and pay is expected at $42K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Diego
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Atlanta
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Cleveland
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Irvine
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National Average
$36,000
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Indianapolis
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For Quality Control (QC) Technicians, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Houston, Seattle, San Diego, and Atlanta also offer top salaries for Quality Control (QC) Technicians. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 17 percent, 8 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent more, respectively. Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Lansing is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in St. Louis and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-9 percent and -8 percent, respectively).

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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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Microsoft Office
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Training
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
34%
female alumni
 
Male
66%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 17%
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