Quality control inspectors are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, quality control inspectors rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 16% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy quality control inspectors are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Energy broker
2.8
$55k
Industrial production manager
2.8
$98k
Supply chain manager
2.8
$107k
Electronic equipment assembler
2.8
$28k
Budget analyst
2.8
$76k
Quality control inspector
2.8
$48k
Transportation planner
2.8
$78k
IT support specialist
2.8
$49k
Mail superintendent
2.7
$77k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are quality control inspectors happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do quality control inspectors find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as quality control inspectors?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are quality control inspector’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are quality control inspectors making the best use of their abilities?

Are quality control inspectors happy with their salary?