Building Inspector Salary

Nearly one-half of Building Inspectors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $35K to $79K per year, but median earnings come to around $52K annually. Most Building Inspectors like their work and job satisfaction is high. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,485 - $75,004
$37K
$52K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,729
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50%
90%

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$15.18 - $38.67
$15
$25
$39
MEDIAN: $25.03
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50%
90%

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$0$78K
Salary $37,485 - $75,004
Bonus $2,000
Total Pay (?
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$35,236 - $78,996
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 140
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $15.18 - $38.67
Overtime $21.82 - $50.64
Annual Data $0$78K
Bonus $2,000
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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$35,236 - $78,996
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 115

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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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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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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
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Building Inspector Salaries

▲21%

▲13%

National Average
$53,000

▼5%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Building Inspector Salaries


National Average
$53,000


Household or Property Inspection
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 20%
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