Fire Inspectors and Investigators Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for fire inspectors and investigators in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of fire inspectors and investigators amongst California cities 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 Fire Inspectors and Investigators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$56,260
25th Percentile Wage
$69,760
50th Percentile Wage
$89,420
75th Percentile Wage
$114,350
90th Percentile Wage
$132,150

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for fire inspectors and investigators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $132,150. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $89,420. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $56,260.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27.05
25th Percentile Wage
$33.54
50th Percentile Wage
$42.99
75th Percentile Wage
$54.97
90th Percentile Wage
$63.53

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for fire inspectors and investigators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $63.53. The median hourly salary is $42.99. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27.05.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201689,4207.39%43.37%
201582,810-1.42%-
201483,9908.91%-
201376,51033.81%-
201250,640--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Fire Inspectors and Investigators in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of fire inspectors and investigators in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of fire inspectors and investigators in state of California ranges from $43,980 to $138,520. The highest paying area for fire inspectors and investigators in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $138,520. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $118,890). The lowest paying area is North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $43,980.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$138,520
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$118,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$106,090
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$104,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$102,470
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$98,680
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$86,720
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$79,780
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$76,030
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$69,880
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$65,780
Salinas
$47,400
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$47,390
Chico
$47,390
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$46,500
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$43,980



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