Salary for Fire Inspectors and Investigators

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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 helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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 and Investigator earns a pay level between $39,860 and $100,780 depending on experience and domain knowledge. usually receive average salaries of sixty-seven thousand six hundred and eigthy dollars annually.

have the best average compensation in California, where they can get average job salaries of just about $109,850. These professionals receive the best pay in Manufacturing, where they receive an average salary rate of $78,980.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 34.54 percent nationwide in that time.


Fire Inspectors and Investigators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Finance and Insurance
Public Administration
Educational Services
Health Care and Social Assistance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Health Care and Social Assistance
Educational Services
Public Administration