A little more than half of Construction and Building Inspectors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $34K to $82K per year, but median earnings come to around $55K annually. Work is enjoyable for Construction and Building Inspectors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a little more than half earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,493 - $96,592
(Median)
$36K
$55K
$97K
MEDIAN: $54,710
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90%

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$14.39 - $35.01
(Median)
$14
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$36,493 - $96,592  
   
Bonus
$3,482  
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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$33,825 - $82,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $35.01  
   
Overtime
$8.57 - $44.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$3,482  
   
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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$33,825 - $82,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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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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At the upper end, Construction and Building Inspectors who move into a Construction Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Managers is a much higher $73K per year. A Construction Inspector role is the most common promotion for Construction and Building Inspectors moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $52K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Construction and Building Inspectors is a Construction Project Manager position, where earnings are usually $70K.

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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.


For Construction and Building Inspectors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $48K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $51K. Construction and Building Inspectors bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $65K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

National Average
$53,000

Commercial Building Inspection
up arrow 1%

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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