Building Code Inspector Salary

Average Building Code Inspectors in the United States make around $48K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $33K, and the top verges on $83K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most Building Code Inspectors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,694 - $80,000
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$80K
MEDIAN: $47,876
10%
50%
90%

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$14.31 - $43.26
(Median)
$14
$22
$43
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,694 - $80,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,208  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$33,360 - $83,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.31 - $43.26  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $43.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,208  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$33,360 - $83,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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Job Description for Building Code Inspector

Building code inspectors are responsible for overseeing and inspecting that building codes are followed and implementing strict regulations to prevent accidents. These individuals must be organized, good problem-solvers, and able to multitask with ease on a variety of projects. They will occasionally attend training sessions to stay up-to-date with new policies and building codes, and should always update their extensive knowledge of plumbing, electrical, and construction regulations.

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Building Code Inspector Tasks

  • 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.


For Building Code Inspectors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $41K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. Building Code Inspectors who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $61K.

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Experience Affects Building Code Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 9%
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