Code Enforcement Officer Salary
It's impossible to make it big as a Code Enforcement Officers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $41K annually. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Code Enforcement Officers is high. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Code Enforcement Officers who answered the questionnnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Code Enforcement Officer
Code enforcement officers work primarily for local governments to evaluate private properties as well as public grounds to ensure that they do not violate local government codes or other state laws and regulations.Read More...
These officers work directly with the public and must answer their questions related to zoning, building codes, and land use codes, and they may also issue citations related to code violations. Code enforcement officers may be certified police officers or regular civil employees, and strong communication skills are important in this position to work well with the public and generate official reports for employers. Customer service and interpersonal skills are also beneficial, and the ability to speak a second language, such as Spanish, is helpful but not required.
A high school diploma and prior work experience may be minimum requirements for this position, and working knowledge of computers and proficiency with Microsoft Office programs are also helpful. Code enforcement officers must be able to work independently with minimal supervision as well as in a team environment, and they may be required to attend relevant public events. A valid state driver’s license is also required for this position, and some may train and coach new code enforcement officers.
Code Enforcement Officer Tasks
- Notify responsible parties of code issues given in writing, by phone, in person and electronically.
- Respond to and investigate allegations of violations of Municipal, Land Development and Property Maintenance Codes to determine validity of complaints and the appropriate course of action to mitigate issues.
- Investigate and enforce municipal, land development and property maintenance codes within city boundaries.
- Schedule and perform systematic property maintenance inspections to maintain or achieve minimum property standards.
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Pay by Experience Level for Code Enforcement Officer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Code Enforcement Officers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $40K. Code Enforcement Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $52K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.