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Summary Guide for

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers in California

May also be called: Quality Assurance Inspectors; Quality Control Inspectors; Quality Control Technicians; Quality Control Testers; Quality Inspectors; Quality Technicians; Testing and Regulating Technicians

What Would I Do?

Quality is the goal of workers known as Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers. They monitor or audit quality standards for nearly all domestically manufactured products, including foods, textiles, clothing, glassware, motor vehicles, electronic components, computers, and structural steel. They work in all phases of production.

Working conditions for Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers differ, depending on the industry and size of firm. Most work indoors in air-conditioned factories. Many manufacturing plants operate around the clock, so employees can expect to work evenings, nights, or weekends, as well as overtime when needed.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Inspector, Tester, Sorter, Sampler, and Weigher will appeal to those who enjoy activities that involve following set procedures and routines and working with data and details.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2017 for Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, and Weighers in California was $38,889 annually, or $18.69 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Most employers offer benefit packages that include health and life insurance, vacation and sick leave, holidays, and a retirement plan.

What is the Job Outlook?

Employment of Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers is expected to remain stable in the coming years. Although the emphasis on quality control has increased, it has shifted from being the sole role of Inspectors, to being the job of all workers.

How Do I Qualify?

Most Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers enter the occupation after spending years at a particular company or in an industry doing simple sorting or pass/fail testing. They usually get their training on the job.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers and union halls are effective job search methods. Browsing classified ads, Internet job listings, and trade publications can also be helpful. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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