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Quality Control Manager Salary

Approximately half of Quality Control Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $35K to $100K per year, but median earnings come to around $63K per year. Cash earnings of Quality Control Managers can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $35K to almost $100K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Quality Control Managers. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Quality Control Managers who answered the questionnnaire. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,737 - $98,314
(Median)
$40K
$63K
$98K
MEDIAN: $63,357
10%
50%
90%

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$12.11 - $32.31
(Median)
$12
$18
$32
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$39,737 - $98,314  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,288  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,000  
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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$34,984 - $99,810  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,166
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.11 - $32.31  
   
Overtime
$15.52 - $42.52  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,288  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,000  
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).
)
$34,984 - $99,810  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 298

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Job Description for Quality Control Manager

Quality control managers work in a wide variety of industries and production settings. A quality control manager first samples or tests the product; they analyze the product from the eyes of a consumer and make recommendations on how to improve production and the product. Quality control managers must write detailed reports on the production process and the product they are examining, and they must be able to explain technical concepts in an understandable way to their managers.

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Quality Control Manager Tasks

  • Monitor and train team of managers and inspectors, and develop rapport with owners, resource suppliers, and contractors.
  • Design and implement a Quality Control Plan and ensure its annual update and approval according to government regulations.
  • Evaluate existing procedures, recommend revisions, and conduct internal audits to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Provide support for new projects and coordinate with the production teams and personnel to troubleshoot licensing or compliance issues.

Common Career Paths for Quality Control Manager


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While Quality Control Managers do not often become Quality Control Directors, the job pays $94K per year on average. Given that the median pay is $58K, it may be surprising to find that a Manufacturing Quality Control Manager is the most common role for Quality Control Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Construction Quality Control Manager role — which pays $65K — is also typical for Quality Control Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis, Operations Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent, 33 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Control Manager

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


For many Quality Control Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $48K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $62K. For Quality Control Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $71K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $74K.

Pay Difference by Location


Austin offers some of the highest pay in the country for Quality Control Managers, 57 percent above the national average. Quality Control Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+41 percent), San Diego (+29 percent), Minneapolis (+29 percent), and Dallas (+24 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh.

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Experience Affects Quality Control Manager Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Quality Control Manager Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 45%

Operations Management
up arrow 33%

People Management
up arrow 18%

Auditing
up arrow 9%



Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 5%

GMP Compliance
up arrow 5%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 2%

National Average
$61,000

Powerpoint
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 297 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 16%
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