Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

47-4011 Construction and Building Inspectors

Inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.


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)
89,620 1.5 % $26.43 $54,970 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.42 $19.74 $25.57 $32.52 $39.84
Annual Wage (2) $32,080 $41,050 $53,180 $67,640 $82,870


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) 40,850 0.74 $26.56 $55,250
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 25,540 1.98 $25.70 $53,460
State Government (OES Designation) 5,350 0.24 $24.18 $50,290
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,720 0.35 $29.40 $61,150
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,940 0.14 $31.46 $65,440

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 25,540 1.98 $25.70 $53,460
Other Pipeline Transportation 90 1.42 $25.13 $52,260
Local Government (OES Designation) 40,850 0.74 $26.56 $55,250
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,720 0.35 $29.40 $61,150
Natural Gas Distribution 310 0.28 $32.42 $67,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Treatment and Disposal (8) (8) $40.17 $83,550
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 510 0.13 $34.57 $71,900
Natural Gas Distribution 310 0.28 $32.42 $67,420
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation (8) (8) $32.15 $66,880
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,940 0.14 $31.46 $65,440


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 8,730 0.62 0.89 $34.28 $71,300
Texas 7,210 0.70 1.00 $25.63 $53,300
New York 6,910 0.82 1.17 $27.36 $56,910
Florida 5,660 0.79 1.13 $25.68 $53,410
Pennsylvania 4,880 0.88 1.26 $23.13 $48,100




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)
Wyoming 300 1.09 1.56 $24.31 $50,560
Hawaii 630 1.09 1.56 $26.73 $55,600
Arizona 2,470 1.04 1.48 $25.35 $52,720
Nevada 1,150 1.03 1.47 $33.97 $70,660
New Jersey 3,820 1.01 1.45 $29.77 $61,930




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $39.39 $81,930
California 8,730 0.62 0.89 $34.28 $71,300
Nevada 1,150 1.03 1.47 $33.97 $70,660
Alaska 300 0.96 1.37 $32.00 $66,560
Washington 2,340 0.86 1.23 $30.88 $64,230





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 3,240 0.64 0.92 $29.85 $62,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,390 1.04 1.48 $33.72 $70,130
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,170 0.61 0.87 $26.58 $55,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,930 0.50 0.72 $35.71 $74,280
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,700 1.00 1.43 $26.41 $54,920
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.81 1.16 $28.01 $58,250
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,350 0.61 0.87 $24.68 $51,340
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,350 0.53 0.76 $26.92 $56,000
Pittsburgh, PA 1,330 1.19 1.70 $23.71 $49,330
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,290 1.03 1.48 $25.40 $52,820




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)
Longview, TX 450 4.78 6.84 $29.06 $60,450
Cheyenne, WY 140 3.26 4.67 $23.43 $48,740
Ocean City, NJ 80 2.19 3.13 $31.15 $64,800
Altoona, PA 130 2.19 3.13 $22.73 $47,270
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 90 2.09 2.99 $26.47 $55,060
Coeur d'Alene, ID 90 1.76 2.53 $21.85 $45,440
Greeley, CO 130 1.71 2.44 $28.71 $59,710
Williamsport, PA 80 1.58 2.26 $20.01 $41,620
Winchester, VA-WV 70 1.43 2.04 $30.37 $63,170
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 440 1.43 2.05 $23.50 $48,880