Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

33-2021 Fire Inspectors and Investigators

Inspect buildings to detect fire hazards and enforce local ordinances and State laws, or investigate and gather facts to determine cause of fires and explosions.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
13,050 1.4 % $27.00 $56,160 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.45 $20.25 $25.11 $33.04 $40.99
Annual Wage (2) $34,210 $42,120 $52,230 $68,730 $85,260


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,730 0.17 $27.88 $57,990
State Government (OES Designation) 2,350 0.10 $22.76 $47,340
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 120 0.01 $36.78 $76,510
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 100 0.00 $24.81 $51,600
Insurance Carriers 90 0.01 $36.00 $74,880

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,730 0.17 $27.88 $57,990
State Government (OES Designation) 2,350 0.10 $22.76 $47,340
Other Support Services 70 0.03 $17.88 $37,200
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 120 0.01 $36.78 $76,510
Insurance Carriers 90 0.01 $36.00 $74,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 120 0.01 $36.78 $76,510
Insurance Carriers 90 0.01 $36.00 $74,880
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $34.35 $71,450
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,730 0.17 $27.88 $57,990
Investigation and Security Services 50 0.01 $25.73 $53,530


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,920 0.14 1.34 $30.48 $63,410
New Jersey 1,170 0.31 3.03 $28.87 $60,050
Florida 1,020 0.14 1.40 $28.49 $59,250
Texas 820 0.08 0.79 $25.76 $53,590
New York 790 0.10 0.93 $27.86 $57,940




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 1,170 0.31 3.03 $28.87 $60,050
Connecticut 360 0.23 2.19 $23.42 $48,720
Delaware 80 0.20 1.91 $22.76 $47,330
South Carolina 330 0.19 1.84 $19.45 $40,460
Florida 1,020 0.14 1.40 $28.49 $59,250




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 140 0.13 1.27 $36.99 $76,930
Washington 180 0.07 0.64 $36.39 $75,680
Oregon 160 0.10 0.98 $35.14 $73,090
Minnesota 120 0.05 0.47 $31.34 $65,190
Iowa 70 0.05 0.49 $31.15 $64,790

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 710 0.14 1.39 $28.85 $60,020
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 390 0.35 3.37 $25.18 $52,380
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 350 0.14 1.36 $28.24 $58,730
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 330 0.34 3.34 $29.17 $60,680
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 230 0.24 2.33 $30.29 $62,990
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 230 0.14 1.34 $32.34 $67,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.05 0.52 (8) (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 190 0.06 0.54 $29.58 $61,530
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.10 1.01 $22.21 $46,190
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 160 0.07 0.70 $25.72 $53,490




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ocean City, NJ 30 0.91 8.90 (8) (8)
Chico, CA 50 0.80 7.75 $21.14 $43,970
Jefferson City, MO 40 0.62 6.03 (8) (8)
Redding, CA 30 0.51 4.99 $24.32 $50,580
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 70 0.41 3.97 $36.93 $76,820
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 50 0.39 3.78 $26.54 $55,200
Salinas, CA 60 0.37 3.58 $26.05 $54,190
Naples-Marco Island, FL 40 0.35 3.41 $32.31 $67,200
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 390 0.35 3.37 $25.18 $52,380
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 330 0.34 3.34 $29.17 $60,680




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.52 $47.00 $97,760
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.07 0.64 $38.51 $80,090
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.02 0.22 $37.42 $77,830
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $37.11 $77,200
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 100 0.10 0.97 $36.99 $76,930
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 70 0.41 3.97 $36.93 $76,820
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.11 1.05 $36.09 $75,080
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 110 0.16 1.59 $35.85 $74,580
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 80 0.17 1.63 $35.36 $73,550
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.13 1.24 $33.91 $70,540

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.64 6.20 $21.70 $45,140
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.88 8.60 $24.94 $51,870
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 1.79 $19.24 $40,030
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 2.62 $25.17 $52,360
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 2.70 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.88 8.60 $24.94 $51,870
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.64 6.20 $21.70 $45,140
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 2.70 (8) (8)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 2.62 $25.17 $52,360
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.28 $23.41 $48,680

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.63 $67,870
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 1.59 $25.82 $53,710
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 2.62 $25.17 $52,360
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.88 8.60 $24.94 $51,870
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.28 $23.41 $48,680


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011