With a little over a half of Building Code Inspectors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Building Code Inspectors is $51K per year and can range from $32K on the lower end to $73K per year near the higher end. The vast majority of Building Code Inspectors (81 percent) survey respondents are men. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,314 - $76,214
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$51K
$76K
MEDIAN: $50,840
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90%

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$14.70 - $28.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,314 - $76,214  
   
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$32,165 - $73,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.70 - $28.63  
   
Overtime
$36.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
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$32,165 - $73,390  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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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

  • 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.
  • Investigate violations of building code ordinances.
  • Conduct independent inspections at construction sites to ensure compliance with city codes and zoning ordinances.

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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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. Building Code Inspectors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $59K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Key Stats for Building Code Inspector

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Building Code Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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