$51,745
Avg. Salary
$16.74
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,280

Profit Sharing

$1,376

Commission

$5,000

The average pay for a Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector is $16.74 per hour.

The average pay for a Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector is $51,745 per year.

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MEDIAN $51,745
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$0$91K
Salary $32,244 - $91,829
Bonus $291 - $5,099
Profit Sharing $200 - $4,958
Commission $0.00 - $13,809
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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$25,749 - $71,096
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,661
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $11.52 - $26.08
Hourly Tips $1.13
Overtime $16.22 - $41.62
Annual Data $0$71K
Bonus $291 - $5,099
Commission $0.00 - $13,809
Profit Sharing $200 - $4,958
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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$25,749 - $71,096
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 6,006

Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector

A quality assurance (QA) or quality control (QC) inspector works for a company to inspect, test, and sample materials, parts, or products for defects and any deviations from specifications. The inspector will discard anything that does not meet with company standards, including products, materials, and equipment used by the company in processing. A QA or QC inspector will observe production operations and equipment to ensure that specifications are being met and to make or order necessary adjustments to processes or assemblies. The inspector will discuss results and findings with those in charge of the products, and recommend any required corrective actions. A high school diploma is required to obtain employment as a quality assurance or quality control inspector, and a formal college degree (bachelor's or associate's, depending on employer preferences) is also sometimes needed. Previous experience carrying out the duties and responsibilities of an inspector is preferable, but on-the-job training can be provided by many companies. A keen attention to detail is central to the job in order to detect defects that could be easily missed by the consumer but still present a safety risk, and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively when reporting issues and defects is necessary. An inspector should be able to interpret blueprints and other drawings that detail product specifications. Experience with measuring tools is required as well, and a quality assurance inspector should be able to work under pressure. Hours will vary, but an inspector can plan on working a set schedule that could be on the first, second, or third shift in a production factory or plant. (Copyright 2018 PayScale.com)


Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) 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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector


The Boeing Company, Honeywell Aerospace, Spacex, BAE Systems Inc., and General Electric Co (GE) are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Quality Control Inspectors. Spacex attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $80K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Bombardier, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and The Boeing Company, where Quality Control Inspectors typically earn around $74K, $59K, or $58K, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Eaton Corporation ($48K), Honeywell International Inc ($48K), and General Electric Co (GE) ($54K).

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector


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Though it's uncommon, some Quality Control Inspectors move into roles as Quality Managers, where pay is an average $73K per year. Quality Control Inspectors most frequently become Manufacturing Quality Assurance Inspectors and Quality Assurance Technicians even though median compensation is $3K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Job Listings

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector


Quality Control Inspectors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Construction Site Inspection, Safety Compliance, and Cmm are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 129 percent, 44 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Outlook as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. INSPECTION and Team Leadership also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control are also skilled in Microsoft Excel, Blueprints, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Precision Measurement also know Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector

Pay by Experience for a Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 2,187 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 1,155 salaries. An experienced Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 898 salaries. A Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 415 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

32%

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-6%

National Average: $40,255

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

For those looking to make money, Quality Control Inspectors in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Quality Control Inspectors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Phoenix (+17 percent), Denver (+15 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Wichita, 5 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Cleveland and Atlanta (2 percent lower).

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector?

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector in Cave Creek:
"Making sure that our product is at it's highest quality poss."
Pros: Great atmosphere and great people.
Cons: My current pay.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector in Cincinnati:
"Moderately Flexible Schedule, Friendly Environment, Hot."
Pros: Good hours, free water, friendly people, different job opportunities.
Cons: It gets hot and cold during the seasons, can be stressful, tons of work.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector in San Francisco:
Pros: Work flexibility, can take off as needed when the job is done.
Cons: I work with people that don't know the industry. The same people do a ton of personal stuff on company time. The owner doesn't hold people accountable for their actions.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector in Arlington Heights:
"Exciting."
Pros: Every day we have different parts to check (variance). Working with people. Knowing that I contribute to the quality of the products. I enjoy moving all night from press to press checking parts. Also I enjoy doing the 1st piece for production be able to run the products.
Cons: Arguments with boss went products fail. The pay is too low.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector in Arlington:
Pros: Personality fit, looks good on a resume, physical-based.
Cons: Work conditions too hot, expected travel, on-call every day of the week, company is disorganized, low potential for promotion.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector in Boaz:
Read all of your manuals and learn by reading yourself not by what other people tell you.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector in Chicago:
"More about blueprint reading."
Listen to others first who have knowledge or experience with position.

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1398 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Salaries

▲36%

▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$40,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Salaries

Construction Site Inspection
▲126%

Safety Compliance
▲42%

Cmm
▲19%

Data Analysis
▲5%

▲4%



National Average
$40,000


Microsoft Excel
▼2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼3%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼3%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
▼6%

Team Leadership
▼11%

INSPECTION
▼17%

Microsoft Outlook
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1398 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 19%