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Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary (United States)

The average Quality Control Technician in the United States earns approximately $15.77 per hour. Earnings sit near $11.63 per hour on the lower side but can approach $21.41 on the higher side. Cash earnings for Quality Control Technicians — including $2K in bonuses and $4K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $26K to $51K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair portion collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Quality Control Technicians — 66 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for Quality Control Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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  
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  
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 Technicians sometimes assume positions such as Quality Assurance Managers. That role typically pays $68K per year. A more common career path for Quality Control Technicians is stepping into the role of Quality Control Manager or Quality Assurance Technician.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Technician

Quality Control Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Troubleshooting, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $35K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Quality Control Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Quality Control Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $43K on average. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in six of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$36,000
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For those looking to make money, Quality Control Technicians in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Houston, Seattle, San Diego, and Atlanta are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Quality Control Technicians earning around 17 percent, 8 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent more than average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Lansing, 13 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in St. Louis and 8 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 352 votes.

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%