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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 $20.84 per hour nationwide. Pay ranges from $14.11 per hour on the low end to $31.89 on the high end. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Most Construction and Building Inspectors report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$37,376 - $80,531
(Median)
$37K
$52K
$81K
MEDIAN: $52,059
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$14.11 - $31.89
(Median)
$14
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary 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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$37,376 - $80,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,543  
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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$31,766 - $80,584  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.11 - $31.89  
   
Overtime
$21.29 - $51.03  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,543  
   
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).
)
$31,766 - $80,584  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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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 who transition into an upper level Construction Manager role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $73K per year.

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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker earns $41K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $47K. Construction and Building Inspectors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $59K. Construction and Building Inspectors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $62K.

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Experience Affects Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 18%