Salary for Fire Inspectors

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This occupation has now been updated to 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 helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Fire inspectors work in tandem with local and state safety regulations to make sure that safety codes and equipment are followed and functional. Fire inspectors carry out detailed investigations into equipment and buildings to detect hazards, potential fire threats, and make sure equipment meets state safety codes. Inspections are followed up with detailed reports of the findings and these professionals may be called upon to create or modify exit plans for homes or businesses. Fire inspectors are analytical thinkers that enjoy processing and evaluating detailed information. An associate's degree or related vocational school training is required for employment in this professional post.

A Fire Inspector earns salaries somewhere between $39,860 and $100,780 depending on experience. get average salaries of sixty-seven thousand six hundred and eigthy dollars annually.

can get the highest pay in California, where they can get average wages of close to about $109,850. These professionals receive the best pay in Manufacturing, where they can earn job pay 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 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