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Building Code Inspector Salary (United States)

A typical Building Code Inspector in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $46K per year. Pay ranges from $31K on the low end to $75K per year on the high end. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and more than half earn dental coverage. The vast majority (85 percent) of Building Code Inspectors are male. For the most part, Building Code Inspectors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Building Code Inspector Salary (?
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$32,537 - $75,190
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33K
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 (?
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  
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  
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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $39K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $44K. Building Code Inspectors see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $59K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; over one-half of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under one in three 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 nearly one in six.
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Experience Affects Building Code Inspector Salaries

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

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Highly satisfied
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%