How Much Does A Building Inspector Make?

Building inspectors do the public a great service in the work they do. They see to it that hospitals, classrooms and other structures where many people stay in and frequent are constructed following building codes and other safety standards.

They make periodic inspections all throughout the construction process to ensure that the blueprints are being followed and only the approved building materials are used. Aside from receiving very decent average annual wages, this profession is also expected to see positive growth in the next few years.

Average Building Inspector Annual Salary

$61,250

The average annual salary for building inspectors is $61,250 a year. Salaries start at $34,830 a year and go up to $94,220 a year.

Average Building Inspector Hourly Wage

$29.45

The average hourly wage for a building inspector is $29.45. Hourly wages were between $16.75 and $45.30 an hour.

Stats were based out of 94,960 employed building inspectors in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Building Inspector

$94,220/year $45.30/hour

(Top 10% of Building Inspectors)


Senior Building Inspector

$75,250/year $36.18/hour

(Top 25% of Building Inspectors)


Mid Level Building Inspector

$58,480/year $28.12/hour

(Median)


Junior Building Inspector

$45,010/year $21.64/hour

(Bottom 25% of Building Inspectors)


Entry Level Building Inspector

$34,830/year $16.75/hour

(Bottom 10% of Building Inspectors)


Building Inspector Average Salary Comparison

Elevator Installers and Repairers
$76k / year
$36 / hour
Construction and Building Inspectors
$61k / year
$29 / hour
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
$52k / year
$25 / hour
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
$45k / year
$21 / hour
Construction and Related Workers, All Other
$40k / year
$19 / hour
Highway Maintenance Workers
$39k / year
$19 / hour
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
$38k / year
$18 / hour
Fence Erectors
$36k / year
$17 / hour
Segmental Pavers
$34k / year
$16 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Building Inspectors

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Building Inspectors

Building Inspector Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 District of Columbia $42.15 $87,670
#2 Alaska $41.57 $86,470
#3 California $40.24 $83,690
#4 Nevada $35.89 $74,660
#5 Washington $35.26 $73,340
#6 New Jersey $32.44 $67,480
#7 Connecticut $32.22 $67,010
#8 Oregon $31.66 $65,860
#9 New York $31.64 $65,810
#10 Colorado $31.54 $65,610
#11 Minnesota $31.52 $65,560
#12 Illinois $30.60 $63,640
#13 Massachusetts $30.24 $62,890
#14 Hawaii $30.08 $62,560
#15 Virginia $28.79 $59,890
#16 Utah $28.72 $59,750
#17 Louisiana $28.47 $59,220
#18 Florida $27.83 $57,880
#19 Iowa $27.64 $57,500
#20 Rhode Island $27.53 $57,270
#21 Maryland $27.25 $56,680
#22 Arizona $26.89 $55,930
#23 Delaware $26.72 $55,570
#24 Texas $26.71 $55,550
#25 Michigan $26.65 $55,430
#26 Wisconsin $26.54 $55,210
#27 Kansas $26.38 $54,880
#28 Ohio $26.28 $54,660
#29 Idaho $26.17 $54,430
#30 New Hampshire $25.69 $53,430
#31 Nebraska $25.59 $53,220
#32 Alabama $25.59 $53,230
#33 Vermont $25.25 $52,520
#34 North Carolina $25.24 $52,490
#35 Pennsylvania $25.07 $52,140
#36 Missouri $24.76 $51,490
#37 Georgia $24.53 $51,020
#38 Wyoming $24.48 $50,930
#39 South Carolina $24.32 $50,580
#40 Kentucky $24.20 $50,350
#41 New Mexico $24.13 $50,190
#42 Oklahoma $23.79 $49,480
#43 Maine $23.34 $48,540
#44 Mississippi $23.28 $48,430
#45 West Virginia $22.97 $47,780
#46 South Dakota $22.94 $47,710
#47 Tennessee $22.56 $46,920
#48 Indiana $22.49 $46,790
#49 Arkansas $22.16 $46,090
#50 Montana $21.25 $44,190
#51 Puerto Rico $13.89 $28,890

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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