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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of fire inspectors and investigators from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
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|
|New York|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|West Virginia|| |