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 $21.33 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $13.81 per hour and $33.73. The majority of Construction and Building Inspectors claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,672 - $82,877

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$13.81 - $33.73

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,672 - $82,877  
   
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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$32,490 - $81,171  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $33.73  
   
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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$32,490 - $81,171  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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Construction and Building Inspectors may progress into high-paying roles like Construction Manager, where median compensation is $73K annually.

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Survey results show that Construction and Building Inspectors typically report just a few professional skills. Construction Site Inspection and Commercial Building Inspection are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Construction and Building Inspectors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $47K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $42K. On average, Construction and Building Inspectors make $59K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $64K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Construction Site Inspection
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National Average
$51,000

Commercial Building Inspection
up arrow 4%

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
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 17%
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