Salary for Fire Inspectors and Investigators

Also known as:  Arson Investigator, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Certified Fire Investigator, Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, CFEI, Fire Hazard Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Prevention Inspector, Fire Safety Inspector

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Fire inspectors and investigators work to enforce local fire regulations by maintaining equipment and regularly performing safety inspections on-site. Additionally, they commonly perform detailed follow up investigations following a successfully extinguished fire in order to determine the cause and ideally implement future prevention strategies. These professionals are also called upon to investigate newly installed fire safety systems in homes, public residences and company buildings to ensure proper setup and usage. All inspections are completed with through and technical write-ups of the findings. These professionals should be detail-oriented individuals with a strong knowledge of public administration and management in order to keep inspections in line with public safety standards. An associate's degree or vocational school training is required for employment.

A Fire Inspector or Investigator earns a wage ranging from 48000 to 72000 depending on the level of seniority. Fire Inspectors and Investigators can expect salaries of Sixty Thousand One Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Fire Inspectors and Investigators make the greatest compensation in California, where they earn wages of close to about $83990. They are paid most highly in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they get a compensation of $75890.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 25.45 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Fire Inspectors and Investigators tend to make the most in the following industries
Finance and Insurance $75,890
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $64,770
Manufacturing $64,100
Public Administration $55,920
Educational Services $52,590
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $49,760
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Wholesale Trade $43,930
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $49,760
Educational Services $52,590
Public Administration $55,920
Manufacturing $64,100
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $64,770
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