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Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary

Pay for Quality Control Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $15.82 per hour. Earnings sit near $11.63 per hour on the lower side but can approach $21.63 on the higher side. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $3K, respectively — total cash payment to Quality Control Technicians can bottom out near $26K or peak near $52K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Quality Control Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Quality Control Technicians (66 percent) who took the survey are men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,374 - $54,296
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$54K
MEDIAN: $39,675
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$11.63 - $21.63
(Median)
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$16
$22
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
$30,374 - $54,296  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,063  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $2,995  
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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$25,979 - $52,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 390
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $21.63  
   
Overtime
$15.56 - $32.25  
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 - $2,063  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $2,995  
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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$25,979 - $52,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,345

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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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For Quality Control Technicians, progressing to a Quality Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Quality Manager can earn $72K annually. Becoming a Quality Control Manager or a Quality Assurance Technician is a common transition from a Quality Control Technician role.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Technician


Survey results imply that Quality Control Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Troubleshooting, Technical Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


For Quality Control Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. Quality Control Technicians see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 Quality Control Technicians, working in the bustling city of Milwaukee has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Quality Control Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+17 percent), Cincinnati (+16 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Salt Lake City. St. Louis and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Quality Control (QC) Technician Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Quality Control (QC) Technician Salaries

Troubleshooting
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Technical Analysis
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
0%

Training
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$37,000

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 364 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
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 17%