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Building Inspector Salary

A sizeable majority of Building Inspectors in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $50K per year. Pay ranges from $32K on the low end to $71K per year on the high end. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$35,202 - $82,324
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$82K
MEDIAN: $50,131
10%
50%
90%

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$13.92 - $30.10
(Median)
$14
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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50%
90%

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National Salary 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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,202 - $82,324  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,795  
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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$31,763 - $71,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.92 - $30.10  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.86  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,795  
   
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).
)
$31,763 - $71,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87

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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 usually report a few specific skills. Commercial Building Inspection and Construction Site Inspection are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Competency in Commercial Building Inspection frequently indicates 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.


For many Building Inspectors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $42K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. Building Inspectors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $55K.

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Experience Affects Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Building Inspector Salaries

Commercial Building Inspection
up arrow 1%

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 1%

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
23%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 9%