The majority of Building Inspectors in the United States — around half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $36K to $78K per year, and the median is $51K annually. Most Building Inspectors report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,833 - $78,827
(Median)
$38K
$51K
$79K
MEDIAN: $51,476
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50%
90%

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$15.43 - $35.52
(Median)
$15
$24
$36
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$37,833 - $78,827  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $14,899  
Total Pay (?
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$36,468 - $77,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.43 - $35.52  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $50.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $14,899  
   
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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$36,468 - $77,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 98
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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 who transition into an upper level Construction and Building Inspector position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Construction and Building Inspector makes $50K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Building Inspector

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $45K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $50K. On average, Building Inspectors make $58K following one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $67K.

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Experience Affects Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Building Inspector Salaries

Commercial Building Inspection
up arrow 1%

National Average
$52,000


Household or Property Inspection
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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