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Building Inspector Salary

Building Inspectors in the United States take home approximately $49K per year on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $31K, and the top verges on $68K per year. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under a half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Building Inspectors. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$34,487 - $76,597
(Median)
34K
49K
60K
77K
MEDIAN: $49,167
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$13.62 - $30.07
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,487 - $76,597  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
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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$30,866 - $68,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.62 - $30.07  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
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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$30,866 - $68,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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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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Survey takers who work as Building Inspectors typically report just a few professional skills. Construction Site Inspection and Commercial Building Inspection are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Commercial Building Inspection and Construction Site Inspection are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Building Inspector

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


For Building Inspectors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $41K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. Building Inspectors bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Building Inspectors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Building Inspector Salaries


Commercial Building Inspection
up arrow 1%

National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 9%