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Construction and Building Inspector Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Construction and Building Inspectors in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.86 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $14.19 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $31.31. A fair portion enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. Work is enjoyable for Construction and Building Inspectors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Construction and Building Inspector Salary (?
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$37,939 - $84,283
(Median)
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53K
67K
84K
MEDIAN: $52,598
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Construction and Building Inspector Salary (?
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$14.19 - $31.31
(Median)
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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 (?
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  
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  
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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $42K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $56K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $63K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups. Construction and Building Inspectors with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with more than 20 years of experience.
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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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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%