Quality Control Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $15.98 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings for Quality Control Technicians stretch from $27K on the lower end to $53K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $3K from profit sharing. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Quality Control Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. 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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$31,380 - $59,888
(Median)
$31K
$42K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,637
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$11.86 - $21.64
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,380 - $59,888  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,084  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $2,525  
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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$26,595 - $52,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 316
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $21.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.92 - $32.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,084  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $2,525  
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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$26,595 - $52,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,351
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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 $73K annually. A Quality Control Technician may also move into a role as a Quality Assurance Technician or a Quality Control Manager.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Technician


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Quality Improvement / QA, Precision Measurement, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 15 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Internal Audit. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, 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 many Quality Control Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $35K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $40K. Quality Control Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. 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 $47K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,843

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Quality Control Technicians that is 35 percent greater than the national average, Minneapolis offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Quality Control Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+26 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Salt Lake City ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 5 percent less in San Diego and 4 percent less in Dallas, 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%

Precision Measurement
up arrow 15%

Process Improvement
up arrow 4%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Data Analysis
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$37,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Training
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Internal Audit
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 255 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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