Fire Inspector Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Fire Inspectors earn an average of $19.71 per hour. Compensation ranges from $12.42 per hour on the lower end to $29.64 on the higher end. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just over one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Most Fire Inspectors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,151 - $80,012
(Median)
$33K
$51K
$80K
MEDIAN: $50,997
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$12.42 - $29.64
(Median)
$12
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,151 - $80,012  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,383  
Profit Sharing
$2,457  
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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$29,507 - $71,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $29.64  
   
Overtime
$19.70 - $51.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,383  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,457  
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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$29,507 - $71,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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.


Fire Inspectors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $38K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $45K. Fire Inspectors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $60K.

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Experience Affects Fire Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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