Quality Control (QC) Technician Salary

Quality Control Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $16.29 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Quality Control Technicians ranges from $27K on the lower end to $54K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $3K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Quality Control Technicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$31,588 - $59,854
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$43K
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MEDIAN: $42,720
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$12.26 - $22.16
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$0$59K
Salary $31,588 - $59,854
Bonus $0.00 - $3,092
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,500
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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$27,280 - $54,110
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 329
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.26 - $22.16
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $17.77 - $33.70
Annual Data $0$54K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,092
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,500
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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$27,280 - $54,110
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,456

Job Description for Quality Control (QC) Technician

Quality control (QC) technicians are a crucial part of almost all manufacturing operations. Contrary to what some believe, they are not only involved as a final check before a product goes out the door; they are also responsible for verifying the quality of the basic materials received (as using a flawed material in the production process will inevitably result in a flawed end product) as well as every step in the manufacturing process. 

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Quality Control (QC) Technician 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) Technician


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Quality Control Technicians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Quality Manager. The latter position pays an average of $73K annually. Becoming a Quality Assurance Technician or a Quality Control Manager is often the next step for a Quality Control Technician.

Quality Control (QC) Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Control (QC) Technician


Popular Skills for Quality Control (QC) Technician


Quality Control Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Quality Improvement / QA, Precision Measurement, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 12 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Internal Audit, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office and Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Control (QC) Technician

Pay by Experience for a Quality Control (QC) Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Control (QC) Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 1,071 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Control (QC) Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 371 salaries. An experienced Quality Control (QC) Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 318 salaries. A Quality Control (QC) Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 140 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,874

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

Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Quality Control Technicians in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Quality Control Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+27 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Milwaukee (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dallas, 16 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Salt Lake City (10 percent less) and Buffalo (8 percent less).

Quality Control (QC) Technician Reviews

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

Quality Control (QC) Technician in Columbiana:
"Competitive and new info learned daily. Quality is my goal."
Pros: I make a difference for the better for both my employer and myself. I also learn new knowledge and skills daily to help me excel at my duties with the most quality and efficiency possible that will also help me to advance in my field of expertise should I be offered an opportunity for advancement.
Cons: Long stressful hours because of poor scheduling management and have to forfeit all family and/or leisure time and have to stay late or come in early because of last minute schedule changes of product ship dates and times.

Quality Control (QC) Technician in Charleston:
"Tedious."
Pros: Working with a diverse group.
Cons: Low pay for type of work involved.

Quality Control (QC) Technician in Okemos:
Pros: Computer technology, solving problems, helping people, achieving suceess.
Cons: Advancement opportunity.

Quality Control (QC) Technician in Cincinnati:
Pros:
Cons: Poor Management. Quality is usually trumped by production. Little room for professional growth. Position is tedious.

Quality Control (QC) Technician in Centennial:
Pros: Working with the various air testing and monitoring equipment.
Cons: Office politics. Office favoritism. Lower than industry pay.

Quality Control (QC) Technician in Arden:
"QC Is Great."
Pros: I enjoy the variety of tasks, responsibilities, and functions/duties I perform.
Cons: Other people's inactions/actions directly impact my job, usually without warning. I am always scrambling to inspect a part that got expedited, locate certificates on materials at the last minute.

Quality Control (QC) Technician in Picayune:
"Run quality control tests on various aggregates we manufactu."
Pros: Working in a laboratory seeing and hours.
Cons: Pay scale, stress level.

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Key Stats for Quality Control (QC) Technician

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 346 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Quality Control (QC) Technician Salaries

▲18%

▲8%

▲6%

National Average
$38,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Quality Control (QC) Technician Salaries

Quality Improvement / QA
▲23%

Precision Measurement
▲11%




National Average
$38,000






Training
▼3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼5%

Internal Audit
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 346 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 15%