Fire Inspector Salary

Men make up the majority of Fire Inspectors in the United States, bringing in about $20.09 per hour. Pay generally varies between $12.17 per hour and $31.12. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The majority of Fire Inspectors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$32,721 - $76,237
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$76K
MEDIAN: $49,801
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50%
90%

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$12.17 - $31.12
(Median)
$12
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,721 - $76,237  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,349  
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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$29,700 - $72,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.17 - $31.12  
   
Overtime
$22.31 - $50.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,349  
   
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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$29,700 - $72,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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.


For Fire Inspectors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $46K. For Fire Inspectors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $54K.

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Experience Affects Fire Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 19%
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