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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$50,360
25th Percentile Wage
$70,120
50th Percentile Wage
$87,790
75th Percentile Wage
$103,410
90th Percentile Wage
$123,780

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 $123,780. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $87,790. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $50,360.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of construction and building inspectors from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$87,790
3.47% 14.20%
2016
$84,740
2.93% -
2015
$82,260
3.79% -
2014
$79,140
3.01% -
2013
$76,760
1.88% -
2012
$75,320
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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 $51,420 to $105,020. The highest paying area for construction and building inspectors in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $105,020. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $101,470). The lowest paying area is Salinas with a median annual salary of $51,420.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$105,020
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$101,470
Redding
$100,610
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$100,390
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$99,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$94,570
Chico
$94,310
Madera-Chowchilla
$90,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$88,950
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$88,390
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$87,260
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$84,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$83,790
Vallejo-Fairfield
$81,890
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$80,440
Modesto
$79,490
Merced
$78,340
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$77,020
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$76,910
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$76,570
Napa
$76,240
Bakersfield-Delano
$75,240
Stockton
$73,760
Visalia-Porterville
$73,120
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$72,360
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$62,820
Yuba City
$62,770
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$58,200
El Centro
$57,820
Fresno
$57,190
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$55,880
Salinas
$51,420




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