Construction and Building Inspector Salary

A sizeable majority of Construction and Building Inspectors in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.84 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $13.72 per hour and $34.66. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$37,163 - $81,936
(Median)
$37K
$52K
$82K
MEDIAN: $52,296
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90%

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$13.72 - $34.66
(Median)
$14
$21
$35
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,163 - $81,936  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
Profit Sharing
$1,150  
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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$31,767 - $81,130  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.72 - $34.66  
   
Overtime
$14.15 - $59.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,150  
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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$31,767 - $81,130  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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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For Construction and Building Inspectors, progressing to a Construction Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Construction Manager can earn $73K annually. A Construction and Building Inspector may also move into a role as a Construction Inspector or a Construction Project Manager.

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Construction and Building Inspectors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Construction Site Inspection and Commercial Building Inspection are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $47K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $42K. Construction and Building Inspectors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $60K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $65K on average.

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Experience Affects Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 18%

National Average
$50,000

Commercial Building Inspection
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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