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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,220
25th Percentile Wage
$45,360
50th Percentile Wage
$59,090
75th Percentile Wage
$76,260
90th Percentile Wage
$95,340

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 $95,340. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,090. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,220. Take 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 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
$59,090
1.03% 9.54%
2016
$58,480
1.95% -
2015
$57,340
2.27% -
2014
$56,040
2.84% -
2013
$54,450
1.84% -
2012
$53,450
- -

Table 2. Construction and Building Inspectors Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of construction and building inspectors in 15 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 $78,980. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $42,660).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$78,980
Transportation and Warehousing
$68,930
Mining
$65,210
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$62,350
Educational Services
$61,930
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$59,270
Federal, State, and Local Government
$58,930
Construction
$58,300
Manufacturing
$58,010
Finance and Insurance
$56,850
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$52,420
Wholesale Trade
$48,950
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$48,260
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$46,650
Health Care and Social Assistance
$42,660

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 $22,530 to $87,790. The highest paying state for construction and building inspectors is California with a median annual salary of $87,790. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $22,530. 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
California
$87,790
Alaska
$84,580
District of Columbia
$80,470
Washington
$73,750
Nevada
$72,380
Oregon
$70,620
Minnesota
$69,780
Connecticut
$67,400
New Jersey
$65,740
Massachusetts
$65,160
Iowa
$63,510
Illinois
$63,190
New York
$62,540
Hawaii
$61,200
Colorado
$60,890
Wisconsin
$59,180
North Dakota
$58,680
Rhode Island
$57,650
Virginia
$57,050
Florida
$56,960
Louisiana
$56,750
Delaware
$56,310
Arizona
$56,130
Maryland
$56,090
Michigan
$55,860
Texas
$55,550
Ohio
$55,250
New Hampshire
$55,080
Utah
$54,880
Alabama
$52,390
North Carolina
$52,320
Kansas
$52,310
Pennsylvania
$52,020
Wyoming
$51,640
Idaho
$51,590
Nebraska
$50,950
New Mexico
$50,810
Kentucky
$50,290
Maine
$49,800
Missouri
$49,320
Oklahoma
$49,150
Georgia
$49,090
Montana
$48,310
South Carolina
$47,450
Vermont
$46,790
Tennessee
$46,680
Mississippi
$45,500
South Dakota
$45,350
Indiana
$44,610
Arkansas
$43,990
Guam
$43,200
West Virginia
$42,130
Puerto Rico
$22,530



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