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Construction and Building Inspector Salary

Male Construction and Building Inspectors number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.61 per hour in the United States. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under a half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$38,655 - $85,671
(Median)
$39K
$53K
$86K
MEDIAN: $52,955
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$13.76 - $33.07
(Median)
$14
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,655 - $85,671  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,539  
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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$31,653 - $82,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.76 - $33.07  
   
Overtime
$18.87 - $51.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,539  
   
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).
)
$31,653 - $82,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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.

Common Career Paths for Construction and Building Inspector


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Construction and Building Inspectors may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Construction Manager. The latter position pays an average of $73K annually. It is not uncommon for a Construction and Building Inspector to continue on to become a Construction Inspector or a Construction Project Manager.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Construction and Building Inspectors who took the survey. Construction Site Inspection and Commercial Building Inspection are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Commercial Building Inspection.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction and Building Inspector

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


For many Construction and Building Inspectors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $42K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $58K. Construction and Building Inspectors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $63K on average.

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Experience Affects Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 16%

National Average
$50,000

Commercial Building Inspection
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 16%
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