Quality Control Inspector Salary (United States)

Quality Control Inspectors in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $15.12 per hour. The range in pay spans from $10.20 per hour to $24.57. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $27,897 on the lower end to $71,552 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2,525 from bonuses and upwards of $5,068 from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though tenure and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. While some workers in this profession—21 percent—do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Most Quality Control Inspectors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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 (?
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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 233
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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While not commonly found, Quality Control Inspectors who move on to become Quality Managers bring in an additional $36K annually. A more common career path for Quality Control Inspectors is stepping into the role of Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector or Quality Assurance Inspector, Manufacturing.

Quality Control Inspector Job Listings

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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Timco offers the most; Quality Control Inspectors earn $71,520 on average there. The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is AAR Aircraft Services Inc., where the median salary is just $65,253.

Popular Skills for Quality Control Inspector

Quality Control Inspectors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 who know Microsoft Excel also know 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.
Quality Control Inspectors generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $31K—can reach $37K. Compensation is $42K after 10 to 20 years. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Quality Control Inspectors at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $49K. 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, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, a majority land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

Oklahoma City
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$35,000
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Surpassing the national average by 50 percent, Quality Control Inspectors in Oklahoma City receive some of the highest pay in the country. Houston, Tulsa, San Antonio, and Minneapolis are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Quality Control Inspectors earning around 43 percent, 39 percent, 35 percent, and 14 percent more than average. The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 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).

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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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Windows Operating System General Use
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National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

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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%
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