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Quality Control Inspector Salary

The average Quality Control Inspector in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $15.37 per hour. Total cash compensation for Quality Control Inspectors runs from $23K to $63K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career length and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. While one in five report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Quality Control Inspectors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,863 - $69,830
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$26K
$42K
$70K
MEDIAN: $42,429
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$10.29 - $24.60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,863 - $69,830  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,476  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $5,700  
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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$23,339 - $62,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 283
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.29 - $24.60  
   
Overtime
$14.49 - $37.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,476  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $5,700  
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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$23,339 - $62,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,496

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Job Description for Quality Control Inspector

  • Discuss inspection results with those responsible for products, and recommend necessary corrective actions.
  • Discard or reject products, materials, and equipment not meeting specifications.
  • Inspect, test, and sample materials or assembled parts or products for defects and deviations from specifications.
  • Observe and monitor production operations and equipment to ensure conformance to specifications and make or order necessary process or assembly adjustments.

Common Career Paths for Quality Control Inspector


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At the upper end, Quality Control Inspectors who move into a Quality Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Quality Managers is a much higher $72K per year. Becoming a Manufacturing Quality Assurance Inspector or a Quality Control Technician is a common transition from a Quality Control Inspector role.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control Inspector


Survey results show that Quality Control Inspectors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Cmm, Blueprints, and Precision Measurement are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 9 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office and Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Control Inspector

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Quality Control Inspectors. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $38K. Quality Control Inspectors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $49K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Quality Control Inspectors in Tulsa enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Quality Control Inspectors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+42 percent), New York (+39 percent), Houston (+33 percent), and Rochester (+19 percent). Cleveland is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Los Angeles and Memphis (12 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Quality Control Inspector Reviews

What is it like working as a Quality Control Inspector?

Quality Control Inspector in Denver:
"Corporate Culture."
Pros: Low stress, free to inspect anywhere on the project, part of a team, everybody willing to help me learn new things to increase my knowledge in the company.
Cons: Lack of communication between discipline engineers/designers which creates quality issues on the project.

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Experience Affects Quality Control Inspector Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Quality Control Inspector Salaries

Cmm
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
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Precision Measurement
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Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 331 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 21%