Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary

An average Quality Control Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.89 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $11.60 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $21.63. 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. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Quality Control Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Quality Control Technicians who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 66 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,362 - $55,085
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,737
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$11.60 - $21.63
(Median)
$12
$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
$30,362 - $55,085  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,168  
Profit Sharing
$49.32 - $3,041  
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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$25,975 - $52,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 408
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $21.63  
   
Overtime
$15.41 - $32.12  
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 - $2,168  
   
Profit Sharing
$49.32 - $3,041  
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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$25,975 - $52,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,438
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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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There are some Quality Control Technicians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Quality Managers, where earnings are an average $72K annually. More commonly, Quality Control Technicians become Quality Assurance Technicians or Quality Control Managers.

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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, facility with Quality Improvement / QA and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 3 percent, respectively. 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. Quality Control Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $41K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $43K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Control Technicians, Milwaukee provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Quality Control Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+14 percent), Cincinnati (+13 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Salt Lake City and 4 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 3%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$37,000

Training
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 348 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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