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Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary

For Quality Control Technicians, hourly average wages total $15.83 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $11.64 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $21.63. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $4K, respectively — total cash payment to Quality Control Technicians can bottom out near $26K or peak near $52K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Quality Control Technicians are male. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,363 - $54,514
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,685
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$11.64 - $21.63
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,363 - $54,514  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,068  
Profit Sharing
$25.00 - $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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$26,012 - $52,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 403
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.64 - $21.63  
   
Overtime
$15.45 - $32.15  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,068  
   
Profit Sharing
$25.00 - $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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$26,012 - $52,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,377

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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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While Quality Control Technicians do not often become Quality Managers, the job pays $72K per year on average. More often, however, Quality Control Technicians go on to become Quality Assurance Technicians or Quality Control Managers.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Technician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Lucky workers who know Quality Improvement / QA can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Troubleshooting and Technical Analysis are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 4 percent and 27 percent. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent 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.


Quality Control Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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 $39K. Quality Control Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $41K. As Quality Control Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $44K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Quality Control Technicians in Milwaukee enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 53 percent above the national average. Quality Control Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cincinnati (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). With compensation 20 percent below the national average, Grand Rapids is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include 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
up arrow 4%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 4%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Training
0%

National Average
$37,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 359 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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