Building Code Inspector Salary (United States)

Pay for Building Code Inspectors in the United States is typically around $45,135 per year. The range in pay spans from $31,164 to $74,557 per year. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Building Code Inspectors are largely men, dominating the profession at 85 percent. Most Building Code Inspectors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Building Code Inspector Salary (?
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$32,537 - $75,190
(Median)
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59K
75K
MEDIAN: $45,757
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Building Code Inspector Salary (?
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$13.84 - $35.24
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,537 - $75,190  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$31,164 - $74,557  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.84 - $35.24  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $43.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
Total Pay (?
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$31,164 - $74,557  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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Job Description for Building Code Inspector

  • Investigate violations of building code ordinances.
  • Conduct independent inspections at construction sites to ensure compliance with city codes and zoning ordinances.
  • Maintain an up-to-date working knowledge of all codes, city ordinances, state laws, and federal regulations that govern the process and procedures for construction and building operations.
  • Create and file detailed reports documenting the results of each investigation.

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Pay by Experience Level for Building Code Inspector

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is important when determining pay for Building Code Inspectors. Standard salaries begin at $39K and can reach $44K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $49,713 after 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the field, Building Code Inspectors continue to experience steady salary growth, and typical compensation averages $59K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 17 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Experience Affects Building Code Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%
Experienced
up arrow 10%
National Average
$45,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 13%
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