Building Inspector Salary

The majority of Building Inspectors in the United States — approximately one-half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $33K to $74K per year, and the median is $50K annually. For the most part, Building Inspectors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$36,242 - $77,566
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$78K
MEDIAN: $50,054
10%
50%
90%

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$14.21 - $33.28
(Median)
$14
$22
$33
MEDIAN: $21.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,242 - $77,566  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,617  
Total Pay (?
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$32,820 - $73,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.21 - $33.28  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $53.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,617  
   
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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$32,820 - $73,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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.

Common Career Paths for Building Inspector


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Building Inspectors who go on to become Construction and Building Inspectors may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Construction and Building Inspector, an upper-level role, pays $50K.

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Building Inspectors report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Commercial Building Inspection, Construction Site Inspection, and Household or Property Inspection can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Household or Property Inspection and Construction Site Inspection, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. It is not unusual for someone who knows Commercial Building Inspection to be familiar with Construction Site Inspection as well.

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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $42K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $48K. Building Inspectors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $56K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Building Inspector Salaries

Commercial Building Inspection
up arrow 1%

National Average
$49,000


Household or Property Inspection
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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