Quality Control Inspector Salary

Quality Control Inspectors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.43 per hour. Total cash compensation for Quality Control Inspectors runs from $24K to $62K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. Although about one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Most Quality Control Inspectors report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,871 - $71,826
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$26K
$44K
$72K
MEDIAN: $43,948
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$10.60 - $24.10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,871 - $71,826  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,555  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $5,546  
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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$23,601 - $61,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 342
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.60 - $24.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.94 - $37.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,555  
   
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $5,546  
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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$23,601 - $61,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,987
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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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As Quality Control Inspectors transition into upper-level roles such as Quality Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Quality Managers earn $73K on average per year. Becoming a Manufacturing Quality Assurance Inspector or a Quality Control Technician is often the next step for a Quality Control Inspector.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Control Inspector


For Quality Control Inspectors, comfortable salaries can be found at Timco; in fact, median earnings sit around $72K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Quality Control Inspector


Quality Control Inspectors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Cmm, Blueprints, and Precision Measurement are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 9 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Experience with Blueprints is often linked with knowledge of 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.


Quality Control Inspectors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $32K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Quality Control Inspectors make a median salary of $42K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $48K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,778

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Control Inspectors, 40 percent higher than the national average. Quality Control Inspectors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Tulsa (+34 percent), Miami (+33 percent), Houston (+30 percent), and Atlanta (+17 percent). Cleveland is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (7 percent lower) and Memphis (6 percent lower).

Quality Control Inspector Reviews

What is it like working as a Quality Control Inspector?

Quality Control Inspector in Island Lake:
"I enjoy the work and my workmates."
Pros: Helping people understand how the quality and accuracy of their work is the most important thing.
Cons: Other employee's not doing their job in an appropriate amount of time.

Quality Control Inspector in San Jose:
Pros: Inspecting is a great way to learn how designs apply in the field and what steps are taken to ensure the design requirements are fulfilled according to different governing agencies and municipalities.
Cons: Repetition. The job requires that you witness the same process at different locations all over a job site.

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
$36,000


Skills That Affect Quality Control Inspector Salaries

Cmm
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Precision Measurement
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Microsoft Office
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
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National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 350 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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