Building Inspectors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just over a half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $51K per year on average but can range from $37K to $77K per year. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,288 - $75,052
$38K
$51K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,366
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$15.11 - $37.64
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$25
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,288 - $75,052  
   
Bonus
$1,900  
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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$36,751 - $77,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 147
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.11 - $37.64  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $50.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,900  
   
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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$36,751 - $77,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 103

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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

  • Visit sites and conduct interior and exterior inspections.
  • Approve final inspection certificates.
  • Identify changes in plans or construction that affect codes and communicate the situation.
  • 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.

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Many Building Inspectors move into a Construction and Building Inspector role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Construction and Building Inspectors on average bring in a similar salary to Building Inspectors.

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Pay by Experience Level for Building Inspector

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Building Inspectors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $46K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $59K in this role. Building Inspectors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $64K.

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Key Stats for Building Inspector

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Building Inspector Salaries


National Average
$52,000


Household or Property Inspection
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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