Fire Inspector Salary

Men make up the majority of Fire Inspectors in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $50K annually. Earnings sit near $30K on the lower side but can approach $73K per year on the higher side. Some workers in this field — nearly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,055 - $72,859
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $50,193
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90%

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$12.13 - $31.86
(Median)
$12
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,055 - $72,859  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
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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$29,831 - $72,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.13 - $31.86  
   
Overtime
$21.93 - $51.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
   
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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$29,831 - $72,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95

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Job Description for Fire Inspector

  • 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. Fire Inspectors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $55K on average.

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Experience Affects Fire Inspector Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$49,000

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
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 21%