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Fire Inspectors and Investigators Salary Information

The salary statistics of fire inspectors and investigators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of fire inspectors and investigators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The fire inspectors and investigators 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. Fire Inspectors and Investigators Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,530
25th Percentile Wage
$44,090
50th Percentile Wage
$58,440
75th Percentile Wage
$76,480
90th Percentile Wage
$95,270

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for fire inspectors and investigators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) fire inspectors and investigators is $95,270. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $58,440. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,530. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 175% 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 fire inspectors and investigators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201658,4402.93%7.61%
201556,7301.06%-
201456,1301.23%-
201355,4402.62%-
201253,990--

Table 2. Fire Inspectors and Investigators Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of fire inspectors and investigators in 6 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 fire inspectors and investigators occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $70,650. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $48,420).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$70,650
Finance and Insurance
$59,460
Federal, State, and Local Government
$58,540
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$56,500
Educational Services
$53,130
Construction
$48,420

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Fire Inspectors and Investigators by States

From the above tables we note that not only fire inspectors and investigators 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 fire inspectors and investigators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $36,040 to $89,590. The highest paying state for fire inspectors and investigators is Oregon with a median annual salary of $89,590. The lowest paying state is West Virginia with a median annual salary of $36,040. For more salary information of fire inspectors and investigators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Oregon
$89,590
California
$89,420
Washington
$89,290
Nevada
$87,880
Massachusetts
$80,950
Iowa
$71,910
Connecticut
$68,860
Michigan
$67,980
Minnesota
$66,230
Idaho
$64,800
Colorado
$63,410
Oklahoma
$62,290
Arizona
$62,220
Utah
$61,720
Florida
$61,210
New York
$60,420
Maryland
$59,630
Rhode Island
$59,290
Illinois
$59,180
New Hampshire
$58,160
Wisconsin
$57,000
Virginia
$55,960
Ohio
$55,150
Texas
$54,780
Vermont
$54,520
Alabama
$53,330
New Jersey
$52,450
North Carolina
$52,220
Tennessee
$51,760
Louisiana
$49,470
Indiana
$49,440
Georgia
$49,180
Kansas
$48,160
Delaware
$47,960
Pennsylvania
$46,680
Kentucky
$45,940
Missouri
$45,320
Nebraska
$45,130
Maine
$44,310
Mississippi
$44,010
Montana
$43,400
New Mexico
$42,250
South Carolina
$41,410
West Virginia
$36,040


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