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Building Code Inspector Salary

Median pay for Building Code Inspectors in the United States is around $46K per year. Pay generally varies between $32K and $81K per year. The vast majority of Building Code Inspectors (88 percent) who took the survey are men. The majority of Building Code Inspectors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and more than half earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,219 - $77,715
(Median)
$33K
$46K
$78K
MEDIAN: $46,367
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$13.97 - $42.45
(Median)
$14
$22
$42
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,219 - $77,715  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,204  
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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$32,211 - $80,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.97 - $42.45  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.53  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,204  
   
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).
)
$32,211 - $80,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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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.


Building Code Inspectors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $40K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $61K.

 
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Experience Affects Building Code Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 9%
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