Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary

Pay for Quality Control Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $15.86 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.60 per hour, and the top verges on $21.58. Total incomes of Quality Control Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $2K from bonuses and close to $3K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $26K and $52K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Quality Control Technicians (66 percent) survey respondents are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,449 - $55,404

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$11.60 - $21.58

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,449 - $55,404  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,187  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $2,967  
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 - $51,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 411
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $21.58  
   
Overtime
$15.43 - $32.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,187  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $2,967  
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 - $51,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,453
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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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It's not very common for Quality Control Technicians to move on to become Quality Managers. Average pay for a Quality Manager is $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


Quality Control Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Quality Improvement / QA and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 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 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 $40K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $43K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Quality Control Technicians, Milwaukee offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Quality Control Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+15 percent), Cincinnati (+11 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Quality Control Technicians in Grand Rapids earn salaries far below the national average by 20 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Dallas and Salt Lake City are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Quality Control (QC) Technician Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Quality Control (QC) Technician Salaries

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 28%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Technical Analysis
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$36,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Training
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 344 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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