Male Fire Inspectors number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.63 per hour in the United States. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,347 - $79,771
(Median)
$34K
$53K
$80K
MEDIAN: $53,493
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90%

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$12.39 - $27.82
(Median)
$12
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$34,347 - $79,771  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
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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$28,680 - $71,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.39 - $27.82  
   
Overtime
$22.04 - $44.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$1,500  
   
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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$28,680 - $71,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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Job Description for Fire Inspector

Fire inspectors are responsible for ensuring that facilities are compliant with applicable codes and laws, and they are often employed by emergency response service companies and government entities. Their duties revolve around inspecting fire safety plans and the systems needed to extinguish fires to ensure that they comply with local laws, and they may also issue permits and investigate origins of fires.

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Fire Inspector Tasks

  • Inspect flammable liquid and chemical storage practices.
  • Ensure plans for new construction meets fire codes.
  • Inspect site for fire hazards, prevention, and safety requirements.
  • Communicate with authorities, customers, and complete follow up inspections.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fire Inspector

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Fire Inspectors. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $37K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $45K. Fire Inspectors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $60K on average.

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Experience Affects Fire Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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