The majority of Construction and Building Inspectors in the United States — slightly more than half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $35K to $82K per year, and the median is $55K per year. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,322 - $97,447
$36K
$55K
$97K
MEDIAN: $54,511
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50%
90%

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$14.91 - $35.23
$15
$23
$35
MEDIAN: $22.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$36,322 - $97,447  
   
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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$34,711 - $82,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $35.23  
   
Overtime
$8.64 - $41.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
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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$34,711 - $82,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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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. As Construction and Building Inspectors progress in their field, many go on to become Construction Inspectors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $52K. Another common career choice for Construction and Building Inspectors is to move into a Construction Project Manager role — this promotion usually pays $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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $48K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $64K.

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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 12 votes.
030
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Construction and Building Inspector Salaries

National Average
$54,000

Commercial Building Inspection
up arrow 2%

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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