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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Fire Inspectors and Investigators Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,800
25th Percentile Wage
$44,390
50th Percentile Wage
$59,260
75th Percentile Wage
$77,210
90th Percentile Wage
$95,960

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 $95,960. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,260. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,800. Notice 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 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
$59,260
1.38% 8.89%
2016
$58,440
2.93% -
2015
$56,730
1.06% -
2014
$56,130
1.23% -
2013
$55,440
2.62% -
2012
$53,990
- -

Table 2. Fire Inspectors and Investigators Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of fire inspectors and investigators in 10 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 $72,450. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $35,810).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$72,450
Federal, State, and Local Government
$60,060
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$59,810
Finance and Insurance
$59,460
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$56,670
Health Care and Social Assistance
$53,930
Construction
$52,030
Educational Services
$51,720
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$47,210
Wholesale Trade
$35,810

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 $37,670 to $91,730. The highest paying state for fire inspectors and investigators is California with a median annual salary of $91,730. The lowest paying state is West Virginia with a median annual salary of $37,670. 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
California
$91,730
Oregon
$89,740
Nevada
$87,480
Washington
$86,370
Massachusetts
$82,400
Connecticut
$73,920
Iowa
$71,970
Oklahoma
$70,940
Arizona
$67,740
Minnesota
$66,730
Colorado
$66,510
Michigan
$65,510
Idaho
$64,800
Maryland
$64,360
Florida
$63,750
Utah
$61,720
New York
$61,310
Alabama
$61,160
Wisconsin
$60,050
New Hampshire
$59,910
Ohio
$58,710
Virginia
$57,660
Texas
$57,200
Illinois
$56,940
Tennessee
$55,700
Rhode Island
$55,640
Vermont
$54,540
North Carolina
$54,310
Georgia
$51,130
New Jersey
$49,570
Nebraska
$48,660
Indiana
$48,320
Kansas
$48,050
Pennsylvania
$47,170
Louisiana
$46,060
Mississippi
$45,850
South Carolina
$45,610
Arkansas
$45,490
Delaware
$45,080
Maine
$44,670
Montana
$43,400
Kentucky
$43,270
New Mexico
$42,310
Missouri
$39,850
West Virginia
$37,670



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