Building Inspector Salary

Building Inspectors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with close to one-half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $51K per year on average but can range from $35K to $78K per year. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Building Inspectors. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$37,347 - $74,964
$37K
$51K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,530
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50%
90%

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$15.09 - $39.15
$15
$25
$39
MEDIAN: $25.04
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,347 - $74,964  
   
Bonus
$1,800  
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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$35,173 - $77,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.09 - $39.15  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $50.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,800  
   
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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$35,173 - $77,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 101

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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.

Common Career Paths for Building Inspector


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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

Pay by Experience for a Building Inspector has a positive trend. An entry-level Building Inspector with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 89 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Building Inspector with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 74 salaries. An experienced Building Inspector which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 89 salaries. A Building Inspector with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 48 salaries.

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Key Stats for Building Inspector

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Building Inspector Salaries

▲23%

▲15%

National Average
$52,000

▼4%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Building Inspector Salaries


National Average
$52,000


Household or Property Inspection
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 19%