Building Inspector Salary

A sizeable majority of Building Inspectors in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $50K annually. Earnings sit near $32K on the lower side but can approach $73K per year on the higher side. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,545 - $77,907

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$13.69 - $30.43

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,545 - $77,907  
   
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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$32,497 - $72,746  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 177
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.69 - $30.43  
   
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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$32,497 - $72,746  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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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Building Inspectors note just a narrow range of job skills. Commercial Building Inspection and Construction Site Inspection are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Construction Site Inspection is a skill commonly found among those who know Commercial Building Inspection.

Pay by Experience Level for Building Inspector

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


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $42K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $47K on average. Building Inspectors bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. Building Inspectors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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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 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Building Inspector Salaries

Commercial Building Inspection
0%

National Average
$49,000

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 11%
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