Building Code Inspector Salary (United States)

Building Code Inspectors in the United States typically take home $45,135 annually. The range in pay spans from $31,164 to $74,557 per year. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and 44 percent collecting vision insurance. The vast majority (85 percent) of Building Code Inspectors are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Building Code Inspector Salary (?
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$32,537 - $75,190
(Median)
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46K
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 (?
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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$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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $39K climbs to $44K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $49,713. Pay continues to grow for Building Code Inspectors after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $59K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one 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. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

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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