Earnings for Quality Control Inspectors in the United States come in at around $15.47 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings for Quality Control Inspectors stretch from $24K on the lower end to $60K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just over one in five claim no health benefits at all. Men account for the majority of Quality Control Inspectors who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction for Quality Control Inspectors is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,658 - $72,964
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$27K
$48K
$73K
MEDIAN: $47,987
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$10.74 - $23.55
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,658 - $72,964  
   
Bonus
$153.19 - $4,865  
Profit Sharing
$182.46 - $7,396  
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$23,518 - $59,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 272
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.74 - $23.55  
   
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Overtime
$15.10 - $36.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$153.19 - $4,865  
   
Profit Sharing
$182.46 - $7,396  
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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$23,518 - $59,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,552

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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 often the next step for a Quality Control Inspector.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Control Inspector


Timco leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $72K.

Popular Skills for Quality Control Inspector


Quality Control Inspectors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Machine Programming, Manufacturing, Cmm, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent, 37 percent, and 10 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

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Quality Control Inspectors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in 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. On average, Quality Control Inspectors make $40K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Quality Control Inspector generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $47K.

Pay Difference by Location

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-13%

National Average: $35,810

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

Oklahoma City offers some of the highest pay in the country for Quality Control Inspectors, 47 percent above the national average. Quality Control Inspectors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+41 percent), Miami (+28 percent), Irvine (+26 percent), and Tulsa (+25 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 26 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

Quality Control Inspector Reviews

What is it like working as a Quality Control Inspector?

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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Experience Affects Quality Control Inspector Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Quality Control Inspector Salaries

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
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Cmm
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Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$36,000

Microsoft Word
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Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

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: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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