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Fire Inspector Salary

Men make up the majority of Fire Inspectors in the United States, bringing in about $50K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $29K, and the higher rates verge on $72K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although approximately one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$32,823 - $72,414
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,654
10%
50%
90%

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$11.97 - $31.45
(Median)
$12
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,823 - $72,414  
   
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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$29,072 - $71,984  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $31.45  
   
Overtime
$22.23 - $50.94  
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).
)
$29,072 - $71,984  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102
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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 many Fire Inspectors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $39K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $48K. Fire Inspectors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Fire Inspectors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $55K on average.

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Experience Affects Fire Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

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
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 21%
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