$43,334
Avg. Salary
$16.74
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$978

Bonus

$1,171

Profit Sharing

$6,500

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Quality Control (QC) Technician is $16.74 per hour.

The average pay for a Quality Control (QC) Technician is $43,334 per year.

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$12.48
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$22.73
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$32k
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MEDIAN $43,334
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$0$60K
Salary $31,813 - $60,554
Bonus $0.00 - $3,352
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,493
Commission $6,500
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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$27,773 - $54,028
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 624
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.48 - $22.73
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $17.44 - $33.61
Annual Data $0$54K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,352
Commission $6,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,493
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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$27,773 - $54,028
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,801

Job Description

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


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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.

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Popular Skills


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

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

17%

2%

-2%

-9%

-16%

National Average: $38,154

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).

Job Reviews

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

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 Charlotte:
"Learning Opportunties."
Always look for ways to improve your skills. Learning new skills can only add to your value as an employee.

Quality Control (QC) Technician in Traverse City:
"Understand GD & T."
Take a GD&T class. Understand that almost every blueprint you look at will use GD&T incorrectly. You will not get the impact of this until you understand the legal callouts as they are supposed to be used. Once you take the class, it will help you decipher what is put on the print vs what the customer really wants. It made a huge difference for me. Good luck!!

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.

Quality Control (QC) Technician in St. Louis:
"Work short handed."
Look for another job.

Related Job Salaries

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 714 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲17%

▲7%

▲5%

National Average
$38,000

▼8%

How Skills Affect Salaries

Quality Improvement / QA
▲22%

Precision Measurement
▲11%




National Average
$38,000




Training
▼3%



Oral / Verbal Communication
▼6%

Internal Audit
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 714 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 17%