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Fire Inspector Salary

A sizeable majority of Fire Inspectors in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $50K per year. Compensation ranges from $29K on the lower end to $72K per year on the higher end. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Fire Inspectors is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$33,126 - $72,551
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $49,801
10%
50%
90%

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$11.95 - $31.57
(Median)
$12
$20
$32
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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,126 - $72,551  
   
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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$28,979 - $72,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.95 - $31.57  
   
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).
)
$28,979 - $72,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100

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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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $48K. Fire Inspectors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $55K.

 
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Experience Affects Fire Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 20%
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