Construction and Building Inspector Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Construction and Building Inspectors in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $21.05 per hour nationwide. The bottom of the pay range sits near $13.80 per hour, and the top verges on $33.07. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Construction and Building Inspectors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,485 - $81,426
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$81K
MEDIAN: $52,166
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$13.80 - $33.07
(Median)
$14
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,485 - $81,426  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,601  
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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$32,021 - $80,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.80 - $33.07  
   
Overtime
$14.35 - $58.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,601  
   
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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$32,021 - $80,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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Job Description for Construction and Building Inspector

Most construction and building inspectors are involved with making sure that buildings are up to code with laws and standards on the local and national level. A large number of inspectors check buildings, but many also check things like dams, highways, bridges, sewer systems, and homes. This includes checking the ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications to ensure it is in accordance with laws.

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Construction and 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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Construction and Building Inspectors' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Construction Manager. The average Construction Manager brings home $73K per year.

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Construction and Building Inspectors report a narrow range of specific skills. Construction Site Inspection and Commercial Building Inspection are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction and Building Inspector

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $42K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $47K. Construction and Building Inspectors bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $64K.

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Experience Affects Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 16%

National Average
$50,000

Commercial Building Inspection
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 17%
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