These Are The 10 States With The Highest Quality Control Inspector Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do quality control inspectors get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for quality control inspectors by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for quality control inspectors by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for quality control inspectors after this adjustment? That would be Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, And Weighers.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Wyoming
  2. North Dakota
  3. Washington
  4. Kansas
  5. Louisiana
  6. New Mexico
  7. Alaska
  8. Texas
  9. West Virginia
  10. Oklahoma

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for quality control inspectors from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $42740, so our index value would be:

$42,740 * (100 / 135.9) = $31,449

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for quality control inspectors.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Quality Control Inspector Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Wyoming $56,775 $52,120 91.8
2 North Dakota $55,191 $54,860 99.4
3 Washington $52,975 $55,730 105.2
4 Kansas $51,501 $46,300 89.9
5 Louisiana $50,411 $47,790 94.8
6 New Mexico $48,145 $46,460 96.5
7 Alaska $47,871 $62,760 131.1
8 Texas $46,835 $42,480 90.7
9 West Virginia $46,456 $43,390 93.4
10 Oklahoma $44,831 $39,990 89.2
11 Arizona $43,734 $42,860 98.0
12 Missouri $43,539 $39,360 90.4
13 Montana $43,283 $43,630 100.8
14 Kentucky $42,486 $38,450 90.5
15 Iowa $42,318 $38,510 91.0
16 Nebraska $42,205 $38,660 91.6
17 Utah $42,096 $39,150 93.0
18 Indiana $42,033 $37,620 89.5
19 Ohio $41,950 $39,350 93.8
20 Delaware $41,508 $42,090 101.4
21 Illinois $41,437 $39,200 94.6
22 Wisconsin $40,289 $39,000 96.8
23 Pennsylvania $40,187 $40,750 101.4
24 Colorado $40,057 $41,580 103.8
25 Michigan $39,831 $35,450 89.0
26 Tennessee $39,608 $35,410 89.4
27 Georgia $39,485 $36,090 91.4
28 Minnesota $39,206 $39,520 100.8
29 Maine $39,034 $43,250 110.8
30 Idaho $39,011 $35,930 92.1
31 Maryland $38,828 $48,730 125.5
32 Arkansas $38,691 $33,700 87.1
33 Mississippi $38,556 $33,120 85.9
34 Virginia $38,432 $38,740 100.8
35 Nevada $38,325 $39,590 103.3
36 Vermont $38,026 $46,050 121.1
37 North Carolina $37,774 $35,470 93.9
38 South Carolina $37,741 $37,440 99.2
39 Connecticut $37,556 $47,960 127.7
40 Florida $37,395 $36,760 98.3
41 Alabama $37,390 $34,100 91.2
42 New Hampshire $36,000 $42,120 117.0
43 South Dakota $34,889 $36,180 103.7
44 Oregon $33,996 $39,300 115.6
45 Massachusetts $33,545 $44,750 133.4
46 New Jersey $33,035 $40,270 121.9
47 New York $32,030 $41,960 131.0
48 Rhode Island $31,789 $38,370 120.7
49 California $31,449 $42,740 135.9
50 Hawaii $28,135 $47,240 167.9