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Construction and Building Inspector Salary

Men account for the majority of Construction and Building Inspectors in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.64 per hour. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,996 - $90,097
(Median)
$38K
$53K
$90K
MEDIAN: $52,743
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$13.75 - $32.52
(Median)
$14
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$37,996 - $90,097  
   
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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$31,583 - $82,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.75 - $32.52  
   
Overtime
$18.74 - $51.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
)
$31,583 - $82,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Construction Manager. The average Construction Manager brings home $73K per year. Construction and Building Inspectors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Construction Inspectors or Construction Project Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $1K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Construction and Building Inspectors report a focused set of job skills. Construction Site Inspection and Commercial Building Inspection are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $41K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Construction and Building Inspectors make a median salary of $58K. Construction and Building Inspectors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $63K.

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Experience Affects Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 17%

National Average
$50,000

Commercial Building Inspection
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 17%