Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salary

Median pay for Quality Control Specialists in the United States is around $17.19 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Quality Control Specialists can bottom out near $29K or peak near $73K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Quality Control Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Quality Control Specialists (58 percent) survey respondents. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$36,576 - $81,629
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MEDIAN: $51,991
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$12.85 - $24.11
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$0$81K
Salary $36,576 - $81,629
Bonus $0.00 - $7,096
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,000
Total Pay (?
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$29,869 - $72,441
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 250
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $12.85 - $24.11
Overtime $16.25 - $36.67
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $0.00 - $7,096
Profit Sharing $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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$29,869 - $72,441
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 264

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Job Description for Quality Control (QC) Specialist

Quality control (QC) specialists are in charge of supervising quality control for their organization and troubleshooting quality-related issues as they arise. They also perform quality-related tests to ensure products comply with company and legal standards. Quality control specialists need to possess strong communications skills to relay important quality control concepts to technical and non-technical professionals. Additionally, they must have excellent analytical abilities to identify quality problems and develop appropriate solutions in a timely manner. In all tasks, they must follow relevant safety regulations.

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Quality Control (QC) Specialist Tasks

  • Perform routine testing to ensure quality and adherence to regulations and standards.
  • Conduct risk assessment and corrective action solutions.
  • Support factory quality engineers and managers with customer and supplier issues.
  • Calibrate and maintain all gauges and test machines.

Common Career Paths for Quality Control (QC) Specialist


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Quality Control Specialists often transition into Quality Control Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Quality Control Managers earn $59K per year. When Quality Control Specialists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Quality Assurance Specialists or Quality Control Supervisors. Those roles pay an additional $6K and $11K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Specialist


Quality Control Specialists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Data Analysis, and Auditing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 23 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. Those who learned Quality Assurance / Quality Control also tend to know Microsoft Office and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Control (QC) Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Quality Control (QC) Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Control (QC) Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 297 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Control (QC) Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 125 salaries. An experienced Quality Control (QC) Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 112 salaries. A Quality Control (QC) Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 42 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,151

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

Quality Control Specialists will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 56 percent. Quality Control Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+41 percent), Columbus (+36 percent), San Francisco (+35 percent), and Seattle (+31 percent). Quality Control Specialists' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Quality Control Specialists in Kansas City bring in salaries that are 27 percent lower than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix (21 percent lower) and Cincinnati (6 percent lower).

Quality Control (QC) Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Quality Control (QC) Specialist?

Quality Control (QC) Specialist in Chicago:
"Do'nt really go into the city that much."
Pros: Diversity, street fairs and concerts.
Cons: Too Crowded - Too much violence - too expensive.

Quality Control (QC) Specialist in Albany:
"Very detailed oriented, like finding mistakes to correct."
Pros: Finding errors and fixing them and helping co-workers with error trends to prevent them from re-occurring.
Cons: Management-small department-no growth potential.

Quality Control (QC) Specialist in Oklahoma City:
Pros: Great workplace environment.
Cons: Pay stinks.

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Key Stats for Quality Control (QC) Specialist

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salaries

▲40%

▲34%

National Average
$43,000

▼2%

▼8%

Skills That Affect Quality Control (QC) Specialist Salaries

Project Management
▲51%

Data Analysis
▲22%

Auditing
▲9%

National Average
$43,000






Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 13%
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