Construction and Building Inspector Salary

Construction and Building Inspectors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up more than half of Construction and Building Inspectors. Pay fluctuates from $35K to $82K per year, but expected earnings average $54K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Just over a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction for Construction and Building Inspectors is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,322 - $93,624
$36K
$54K
$94K
MEDIAN: $54,060
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$15.37 - $35.39
$15
$23
$35
MEDIAN: $23.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$36,322 - $93,624  
   
Bonus
$3,549  
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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$34,993 - $81,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.37 - $35.39  
   
Overtime
$8.57 - $44.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$3,549  
   
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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$34,993 - $81,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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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

  • Visit sites and conduct interior and exterior inspections.
  • Approve final inspection certificates.
  • Identify changes in plans or construction that affect codes and communicate the situation.
  • 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.

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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 $74K per year. More often than not, a Construction Inspector role is the next step for Construction and Building Inspectors moving up in the field. Pay for Construction Inspectors is usually $52K. Many Construction and Building Inspectors choose to take on a Construction Project Manager role instead, where salaries are typically $70K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Construction and Building Inspector

Pay by Experience for a Construction and Building Inspector has a positive trend. An entry-level Construction and Building Inspector with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 61 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Construction and Building Inspector with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 32 salaries. An experienced Construction and Building Inspector which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 47 salaries. A Construction and Building Inspector with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 38 salaries.

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Key Stats for Construction and Building Inspector

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
▲21%

Experienced
▲11%

National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

Entry-Level
▼10%

Skills That Affect Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

National Average
$54,000

Commercial Building Inspection
▼2%

Construction Site Inspection
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 23%