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Construction and Building Inspectors Salary Information

The salary statistics of construction and building inspectors are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of construction and building inspectors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The construction and building inspectors annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Construction and Building Inspectors Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,830
25th Percentile Wage
$45,010
50th Percentile Wage
$58,480
75th Percentile Wage
$75,250
90th Percentile Wage
$94,220

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for construction and building inspectors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) construction and building inspectors is $94,220. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $58,480. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,830. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 170% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201658,4801.95%8.60%
201557,3402.27%-
201456,0402.84%-
201354,4501.84%-
201253,450--

Table 2. Construction and Building Inspectors Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of construction and building inspectors in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for construction and building inspectors occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $76,050. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $44,290).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$76,050
Mining
$66,020
Transportation and Warehousing
$65,870
Educational Services
$63,120
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$58,900
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$58,580
Federal, State, and Local Government
$58,140
Construction
$58,020
Manufacturing
$54,440
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$51,860
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$47,600
Finance and Insurance
$47,300
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$44,700
Health Care and Social Assistance
$44,290

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Construction and Building Inspectors by States

From the above tables we note that not only construction and building inspectors salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of construction and building inspectors in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $23,450 to $88,090. The highest paying state for construction and building inspectors is Alaska with a median annual salary of $88,090. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $23,450. For more salary information of construction and building inspectors profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$88,090
District of Columbia
$85,560
California
$84,740
Nevada
$75,690
Washington
$73,050
Connecticut
$68,120
New Jersey
$67,720
Minnesota
$65,640
Oregon
$65,310
Illinois
$63,840
Colorado
$63,750
Massachusetts
$62,920
New York
$62,130
Hawaii
$60,340
Iowa
$58,900
Virginia
$58,680
Utah
$57,700
Florida
$57,130
Louisiana
$56,810
Michigan
$56,030
Wisconsin
$55,900
Maryland
$55,800
Delaware
$54,980
North Dakota
$54,810
Ohio
$54,710
Arizona
$54,430
New Hampshire
$53,960
Texas
$53,920
Rhode Island
$52,090
Kansas
$51,760
Alabama
$51,540
North Carolina
$51,440
Nebraska
$51,250
Pennsylvania
$50,390
Missouri
$50,200
Idaho
$49,980
Wyoming
$49,840
Georgia
$49,730
Guam
$49,600
Maine
$48,910
New Mexico
$48,780
South Carolina
$48,410
Kentucky
$46,370
Tennessee
$46,310
Mississippi
$46,200
Indiana
$45,740
Oklahoma
$45,370
Montana
$45,140
Vermont
$44,500
Arkansas
$44,240
West Virginia
$43,770
South Dakota
$43,480
Puerto Rico
$23,450



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