Building Inspector Salary

Male Building Inspectors number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $51K annually in the United States. Compensation ranges from $32K on the lower end to $72K per year on the higher end. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$35,780 - $77,972
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$78K
MEDIAN: $50,823
10%
50%
90%

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$13.66 - $30.46
(Median)
$14
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,780 - $77,972  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,740  
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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$32,195 - $72,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.66 - $30.46  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,740  
   
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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$32,195 - $72,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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Job Description for Building Inspector

A building inspector plays a key role in the proper construction of buildings and ongoing maintenance of safe occupancy of these structures; most building inspectors are hired by contracting or engineering companies to accomplish these goals. There are also private consulting inspection firms which contract their services to smaller operations in the construction or maintenance fields. State and local authorities also use building inspectors to sign-off on new structures or remodeled buildings to certify them as safe for human use.

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Building Inspector Tasks

  • Document and report on code violations and poor compliance, including suggestions for bringing sites up to code.
  • Interpret and understand building codes, convey necessary information in documentation, and verbally.
  • Identify changes in plans or construction that affect codes and communicate the situation.
  • Visit sites and conduct interior and exterior inspections.
  • Approve final inspection certificates.

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Job skills reported by Building Inspectors are limited. Construction Site Inspection and Commercial Building Inspection are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Commercial Building Inspection is often linked with knowledge of Construction Site Inspection.

Pay by Experience Level for Building Inspector

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Building Inspectors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $49K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Building Inspector Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Building Inspector Salaries

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 1%

Commercial Building Inspection
0%

National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 11%
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