Building Inspector Salary

Building Inspectors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent roughly one-half of Building Inspectors. Salaries average out to around $50K per year and spread from $33K to $74K per year. The majority of Building Inspectors claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$36,242 - $77,566
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$78K
MEDIAN: $50,054
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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 (?
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: 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.

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Building Inspectors' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Construction and Building Inspector. Median pay for Construction and Building Inspectors is $50K.

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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 pay tend to be weakly linked for Building Inspectors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $42K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $48K on average. For Building Inspectors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $56K.

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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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