Construction and Building Inspector Salary

Men make up the majority of Construction and Building Inspectors in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $21.06 per hour. Compensation ranges from $13.81 per hour on the lower end to $32.99 on the higher end. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,485 - $81,426
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$81K
MEDIAN: $52,166
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90%

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$13.81 - $32.99
(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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$32,050 - $80,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $32.99  
   
Overtime
$14.44 - $58.47  
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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$32,050 - $80,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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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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As Construction and Building Inspectors transition into upper-level roles such as Construction Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Construction Managers earn $73K on average per year.

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Construction and Building Inspectors typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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.


Construction and Building Inspectors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $47K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $58K. 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 $64K.

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Experience Affects Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

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
25%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
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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