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
Quarry rock splitter
2.9
$36k
Water treatment plant operator
2.9
$48k
Industrial production manager
2.8
$98k
Quality control inspector
2.8
$48k
Logistician
2.7
$58k
Sheet metal worker
2.7
$49k
Tool and die maker
2.7
$54k
Mining machine operator
2.7
$55k

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?