Salary for Construction and Building Inspectors

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Also known as:  Architectural Inspector, Bridge Inspector, Building Code Inspector, Building Inspector, Construction Inspector, Electrical Inspector, Elevator Inspector, Highway Inspector, Home Inspector, Plumbing Inspector helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

These employees make sure that the structure of buildings is in line with local and national regulations for safety as well as zoning and contract regulations. This job is safer than most in the construction field, though workers do sometimes have to crawl into a tight space or climb high up on a ladder. To become a construction or building inspector, a high school diploma or GED is required. Knowledge of construction trades is also typically required. Some states require a license or certification, though many workers learn informally on the job.

A Construction or Building Inspector can get salaries in a range of $37,850 and $101,170 based on the level of seniority. can expect an average pay level of sixty-six thousand four hundred and seventy dollars each year.

can get the best compensation in California, where they can earn a compensation of approximately $91,510. They have the best average pay in Utilities, which has job pay of $85,870.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 47.95 percent nationwide in that time.


Construction and Building Inspectors tend to make the most in the following industries:

Transportation and Warehousing
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Finance and Insurance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Health Care and Social Assistance
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Educational Services
Wholesale Trade