Salary for Construction and Building Inspectors

Also known as:  Architectural Inspector, Bridge Inspector, Building Code Inspector, Building Inspector, Construction Inspector, Electrical Inspector, Elevator Inspector, Highway Inspector, Home Inspector, Plumbing Inspector

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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 will most likely earn a salary between 40000 and 60000 depending on experience and domain knowledge. Construction and Building Inspectors can expect a pay level of Fifty Three Thousand Seven Hundred dollars every year.

Construction and Building Inspectors make the most money in the District of Columbia, where they can get an average job salary of close to about $78950. Employees who work in this job can obtain the highest salaries in Educational Services, where they can earn an average pay rate of $65800.

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ANNUAL SALARY
HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 17.99 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Construction and Building Inspectors tend to make the most in the following industries
Utilities $65,800
Educational Services $61,740
Finance and Insurance $59,530
Public Administration $54,720
Construction $54,570
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $54,520
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Health Care and Social Assistance $40,630
Other Services (except Public Administration) $42,810
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $46,250
Transportation and Warehousing $50,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises $50,710
Manufacturing $51,900
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