Construction and Building Inspector Salary (United States)

Most Construction and Building Inspectors in the United States are men, earning an average of $20.86 per hour. The top of the range reaches $31.31, and the bottom approaches $14.19 per hour. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; most receive medical and dental insurance and about half get vision insurance. The majority of Construction and Building Inspectors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Construction and Building Inspector Salary (?
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$37,939 - $84,283
(Median)
38K
53K
67K
84K
MEDIAN: $52,598
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Construction and Building Inspector Salary (?
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$14.19 - $31.31
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31
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$37,939 - $84,283  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,122  
Total Pay (?
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$32,495 - $82,140  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $31.31  
   
Overtime
$21.29 - $50.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,122  
   
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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$32,495 - $82,140  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 106
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Job Description for Construction and Building Inspector

  • 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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Pay by Experience Level for Construction and Building Inspector

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Construction and Building Inspectors with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Salary growth can be slow for Construction and Building Inspectors who are just starting out. During their first decade on the job, pay typically only increases from $42K to $47K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $56K. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Construction and Building Inspectors after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $63K. Construction and Building Inspectors with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

Experience Affects Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%
Experienced
up arrow 11%
National Average
$50,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 19%
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