Quality Control Inspector Salary (United States)

Quality Control Inspectors in the United States pull down an average of $15.12 per hour. The top of the range reaches $24.57, and the bottom approaches $10.20 per hour. Residency is the main element affecting pay for this group—career length and the specific company are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by most and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Most Quality Control Inspectors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Quality Control Inspector Salary (?
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$27,897 - $71,552
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MEDIAN: $41,870
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Quality Control Inspector Salary (?
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$10.20 - $24.57
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$27,897 - $71,552  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,525  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $5,068  
Total Pay (?
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$23,378 - $63,573  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 233
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $24.57  
   
Overtime
$14.64 - $37.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,525  
   
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $5,068  
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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$23,378 - $63,573  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,243
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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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Quality Control Inspectors who assume a position such as a Quality Manager—while uncommon—may get paid an extra $36K per year. More often, however, Quality Control Inspectors go on to become Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspectors or Quality Assurance Inspector, Manufacturings.

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Timco attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $71,520. AAR Aircraft Services Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $65,253.

Popular Skills for Quality Control Inspector

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Cmm, Blueprints, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent, 10 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent 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.
For many but not all Quality Control Inspectors, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. In five to 10 years time, starting salaries of $31K can reach $37K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $42K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Quality Control Inspectors encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $49K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$35,000
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With a pay rate for Quality Control Inspectors that is 50 percent greater than the national average, Oklahoma City offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Quality Control Inspectors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+43 percent), Tulsa (+39 percent), San Antonio (+35 percent), and Minneapolis (+14 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average. Workers in Charlotte and Los Angeles earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-14 percent and -14 percent).

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
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Precision Measurement
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 281 votes.

Gender

Female
30%
female alumni
 
Male
70%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 21%