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 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 Fire Inspectors and Investigators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$57,950
25th Percentile Wage
$71,970
50th Percentile Wage
$91,730
75th Percentile Wage
$118,480
90th Percentile Wage
$136,650

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 $136,650. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $91,730. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $57,950.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$91,730
2.52% 44.79%
2016
$89,420
7.39% -
2015
$82,810
-1.42% -
2014
$83,990
8.91% -
2013
$76,510
33.81% -
2012
$50,640
- -

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 $139,690. The highest paying area for fire inspectors and investigators in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $139,690. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $122,650). 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
$139,690
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$122,650
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$112,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$110,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$102,470
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$98,680
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$86,720
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$80,550
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$78,760
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$78,460
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$69,880
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$65,780
Salinas
$47,400
Chico
$47,390
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$47,390
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$46,500
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$43,980




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