How Much Does A Restaurant Inspector Make?

Restaurant inspectors play a vital role in ensuring that the dining places people frequent and the food prepared there are clean and safe. Through the regular inspections they undertake, they are able to find out if standards of food safety and hygiene are being followed and problems are addressed.

They also recommend the shutting down of eating places that repeatedly violate these regulations. Restaurant inspectors receive above average pay although competition for jobs is expected to be intense in the next few years.

Average Restaurant Inspector Annual Salary

$90,190

The average annual salary for restaurant inspectors is $90,190 a year. Salaries start at $50,580 a year and go up to $134,110 a year.

Average Restaurant Inspector Hourly Wage

$43.36

The average hourly wage for a restaurant inspector is $43.36. Hourly wages were between $24.32 and $64.47 an hour.

Stats were based out of 25,410 employed restaurant inspectors in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Restaurant Inspector

$134,110/year $64.47/hour

(Top 10% of Restaurant Inspectors)


Senior Restaurant Inspector

$110,760/year $53.25/hour

(Top 25% of Restaurant Inspectors)


Mid Level Restaurant Inspector

$86,720/year $41.69/hour

(Median)


Junior Restaurant Inspector

$65,490/year $31.48/hour

(Bottom 25% of Restaurant Inspectors)


Entry Level Restaurant Inspector

$50,580/year $24.32/hour

(Bottom 10% of Restaurant Inspectors)


Restaurant Inspector Average Salary Comparison

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$147k / year
$70 / hour
Nuclear Engineers
$105k / year
$50 / hour
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
$103k / year
$49 / hour
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
$99k / year
$48 / hour
Engineers, All Other
$99k / year
$47 / hour
Materials Engineers
$97k / year
$46 / hour
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
$90k / year
$43 / hour
Mechanical Engineers
$89k / year
$43 / hour
Industrial Engineers
$88k / year
$42 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Restaurant Inspectors

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Restaurant Inspectors

Restaurant Inspector Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Alaska $56.07 $116,630
#2 Texas $51.96 $108,080
#3 New Mexico $49.22 $102,380
#4 California $49.13 $102,180
#5 District of Columbia $48.86 $101,640
#6 New Jersey $48.18 $100,210
#7 New Hampshire $48.14 $100,120
#8 Missouri $48.11 $100,070
#9 Massachusetts $47.26 $98,310
#10 Maryland $47.06 $97,890
#11 Alabama $46.89 $97,530
#12 Connecticut $46.68 $97,100
#13 Idaho $46.58 $96,890
#14 Colorado $46.56 $96,850
#15 Washington $46.30 $96,310
#16 Virginia $45.37 $94,370
#17 Delaware $44.71 $93,000
#18 Nevada $44.36 $92,270
#19 Oregon $44.34 $92,230
#20 Pennsylvania $43.99 $91,500
#21 Michigan $43.54 $90,560
#22 Ohio $43.35 $90,170
#23 New York $42.99 $89,430
#24 Louisiana $42.20 $87,770
#25 Oklahoma $42.20 $87,780
#26 West Virginia $41.31 $85,930
#27 Minnesota $40.93 $85,130
#28 Kansas $39.87 $82,930
#29 Illinois $39.57 $82,310
#30 Indiana $39.31 $81,760
#31 Kentucky $39.20 $81,540
#32 Iowa $37.96 $78,950
#33 Georgia $37.16 $77,300
#34 North Carolina $37.05 $77,060
#35 Vermont $36.71 $76,370
#36 Nebraska $36.63 $76,190
#37 Tennessee $36.18 $75,250
#38 Utah $35.91 $74,700
#39 Maine $35.77 $74,410
#40 Arkansas $35.69 $74,240
#41 Arizona $35.59 $74,030
#42 Hawaii $35.57 $73,980
#43 Florida $34.73 $72,250
#44 North Dakota $33.57 $69,830
#45 South Dakota $33.44 $69,550
#46 South Carolina $32.09 $66,740
#47 Montana $31.98 $66,520
#48 Wisconsin $31.15 $64,790
#49 Mississippi $30.66 $63,770
#50 Puerto Rico $26.37 $54,860

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

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