Quality Control Inspector Salary

For Quality Control Inspectors, hourly average wages total $15.49 per hour. In the world of Quality Control Inspectors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $24K and $60K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career length and the specific company are influential factors as well. Men make up the majority of Quality Control Inspectors (67 percent) survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Just over a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,085 - $74,498
$29K
$48K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,466
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$10.81 - $23.70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,085 - $74,498  
   
Bonus
$250.56 - $4,989  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $7,499  
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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$23,897 - $59,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 245
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.81 - $23.70  
   
Overtime
$15.15 - $36.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$250.56 - $4,989  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $7,499  
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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$23,897 - $59,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,470

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Job Description for Quality Control Inspector

Quality control inspectors usually work in an industrial environment to ensure that goods are produced with sufficient quality prior to being sold in the market. This may involve reading blueprints and analyzing various parts within an item, and they must also ensure that the proper measurements are present and that products operate as they should, as well as ensure a general appearance that is neat and free of scratches and other flaws.

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Quality Control Inspector Tasks

  • 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.
  • Discuss inspection results with those responsible for products, and recommend necessary corrective actions.
  • Discard or reject products, materials, and equipment not meeting specifications.

Common Career Paths for Quality Control Inspector


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For Quality Control Inspectors, progressing to a Quality Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Quality Manager can earn $73K annually. 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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Quality Control Inspectors seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Timco, where the average salary comes to $72K.

Popular Skills for Quality Control Inspector


Quality Control Inspectors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Machine Programming, Manufacturing, Construction Site Inspection, and Cmm are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent, 44 percent, and 36 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Machine Operation. Employees educated in Blueprints are typically practiced in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Control Inspector

Pay by Experience for a Quality Control Inspector has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Control Inspector with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 993 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Control Inspector with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 464 salaries. An experienced Quality Control Inspector which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 354 salaries. A Quality Control Inspector with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 229 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $35,964

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

Oklahoma City is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Control Inspectors, 46 percent higher than the national average. Quality Control Inspectors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Irvine (+41 percent), New York (+41 percent), Miami (+40 percent), and Houston (+23 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Quality Control Inspector's salary, with St. Louis Quality Control Inspectors earning salaries that are 26 percent less than the national average.

Quality Control Inspector Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Quality Control Inspector?

Quality Control Inspector in Los Angeles:
"You're everyone's bad guy. Thankless job."
Pros: Getting to use high-tech equipment. Learning, at least initially.
Cons: You get heat from everyone and must constantly defend yourself simply for doing your job. Vendors suggest you're incompetent when you reject their parts and you're suspected of incompetence internally if you let any bad ones pass, even when not given the resources to do good inspections. Manufacturing gets mad that you're holding up their supplies in any case.

Quality Control Inspector in Harrison:
"Responsible of everything."
Pros: I feel like I'm the only person can handle that position with %100 effectively.
Cons: I dont like my current income. Its not even close to responsibility I have.

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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Key Stats for Quality Control Inspector

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 218 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Quality Control Inspector Salaries

▲29%

▲14%

▲9%

National Average
$36,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Quality Control Inspector Salaries

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
▲55%

Construction Site Inspection
▲44%

Cmm
▲36%

▲11%




Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼0%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Microsoft Word
▼0%

National Average
$36,000

Machine Operation
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 218 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 22%