Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
12,290 2.0 % $28.75 $59,800 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.47 $20.88 $27.27 $35.69 $44.29
Annual Wage (2) $34,260 $43,430 $56,730 $74,230 $92,120


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) 9,620 0.18 $29.05 $60,430
State Government (OES Designation) 1,070 0.05 $26.46 $55,030
Investigation and Security Services 230 0.03 $35.06 $72,930
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 140 0.00 $27.01 $56,190
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 140 0.01 $27.22 $56,620

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) 9,620 0.18 $29.05 $60,430
State Government (OES Designation) 1,070 0.05 $26.46 $55,030
Other Support Services 90 0.03 $24.45 $50,850
Investigation and Security Services 230 0.03 $35.06 $72,930
Ship and Boat Building 30 0.02 $26.43 $54,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 230 0.03 $35.06 $72,930
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 120 0.02 $34.82 $72,420
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,620 0.18 $29.05 $60,430
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 140 0.01 $27.22 $56,620
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 140 (7) $27.01 $56,190


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)
Texas 1,340 0.12 1.30 $27.96 $58,150
New Jersey 1,080 0.28 3.11 $26.53 $55,170
California 950 0.06 0.69 $41.33 $85,970
Florida 800 0.10 1.14 $29.05 $60,420
Georgia 650 0.16 1.78 $24.45 $50,850



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)
Delaware 150 0.33 3.76 $22.80 $47,420
New Jersey 1,080 0.28 3.11 $26.53 $55,170
Connecticut 390 0.23 2.63 $29.69 $61,760
Mississippi 210 0.19 2.13 $18.63 $38,740
Georgia 650 0.16 1.78 $24.45 $50,850



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 220 0.07 0.84 $43.11 $89,670
California 950 0.06 0.69 $41.33 $85,970
Oregon 160 0.09 1.01 $41.17 $85,640
Nevada 140 0.11 1.26 $38.94 $81,000
Massachusetts 200 0.06 0.65 $34.45 $71,670




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 700 0.11 1.21 $26.70 $55,530
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 480 0.21 2.33 $29.63 $61,620
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 340 0.14 1.56 $29.49 $61,340
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 270 0.24 2.65 $28.42 $59,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.06 0.73 $45.85 $95,370
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 250 0.07 0.78 (8) (8)
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 240 0.21 2.41 $24.91 $51,820
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 230 0.08 0.87 $31.06 $64,600
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 200 0.08 0.93 $31.36 $65,220
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 180 0.30 3.42 $30.70 $63,850



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 0.86 9.62 $25.03 $52,050
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 170 0.66 7.41 $23.35 $48,560
Prescott, AZ 30 0.53 6.00 $26.28 $54,660
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 30 0.51 5.76 $30.75 $63,960
Savannah, GA 80 0.48 5.36 $14.31 $29,770
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 70 0.40 4.52 $39.91 $83,020
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 70 0.38 4.22 $25.24 $52,500
Trenton, NJ 80 0.36 4.04 $30.33 $63,090
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 40 0.35 3.92 $25.13 $52,260
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.32 3.62 $21.78 $45,300



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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.67 $59.18 $123,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.06 0.73 $45.85 $95,370
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 110 0.07 0.78 $44.96 $93,510
Medford, OR (8) (8) (8) $43.80 $91,110
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.07 0.82 $42.29 $87,960
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.60 $41.44 $86,200
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 110 0.12 1.34 $41.20 $85,700
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 70 0.40 4.52 $39.91 $83,020
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 90 0.05 0.59 $38.04 $79,120
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 90 0.10 1.11 $37.50 $78,010

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)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 2.14 $20.97 $43,610
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 2.76 (8) (8)
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.43 $21.15 $43,990
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 3.56 $25.08 $52,170

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)
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 3.56 $25.08 $52,170
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 2.76 (8) (8)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 2.14 $20.97 $43,610
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.43 $21.15 $43,990

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)
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 3.56 $25.08 $52,170
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.43 $21.15 $43,990
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 2.14 $20.97 $43,610
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.97 $41,530
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.45 $38,380


About May 2015 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016