Construction and Building Inspectors Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for construction and building inspectors in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of construction and building inspectors amongst California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Construction and Building Inspectors in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$46,710
25th Percentile Wage
$66,990
50th Percentile Wage
$84,740
75th Percentile Wage
$101,390
90th Percentile Wage
$121,350

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for construction and building inspectors in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $121,350. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $84,740. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $46,710.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22.46
25th Percentile Wage
$32.21
50th Percentile Wage
$40.74
75th Percentile Wage
$48.74
90th Percentile Wage
$58.34

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for construction and building inspectors in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $58.34. The median hourly salary is $40.74. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22.46.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of construction and building inspectors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201684,7402.93%11.12%
201582,2603.79%-
201479,1403.01%-
201376,7601.88%-
201275,320--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Construction and Building Inspectors in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of construction and building inspectors in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of construction and building inspectors in state of California ranges from $37,550 to $104,990. The highest paying area for construction and building inspectors in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $104,990. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Redding (mean annual salary $100,610). The lowest paying area is El Centro with a median annual salary of $37,550.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$104,990
Redding
$100,610
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$99,130
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$96,630
Napa
$92,710
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$91,180
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$85,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$85,130
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$84,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$83,790
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$80,440
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$80,240
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$78,470
Stockton
$77,930
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$77,480
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$74,480
Bakersfield-Delano
$72,740
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$72,360
Modesto
$72,320
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$68,700
Visalia-Porterville
$66,950
Vallejo-Fairfield
$64,830
Fresno
$60,040
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$57,960
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$55,880
Salinas
$48,960
El Centro
$37,550


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