Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
91,480 1.2 % $28.86 $60,030 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.73 $21.39 $27.57 $35.36 $44.04
Annual Wage (2) $34,800 $44,490 $57,340 $73,560 $91,600


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) 39,210 0.73 $28.40 $59,070
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 29,020 2.08 $29.20 $60,730
State Government (OES Designation) 5,490 0.25 $26.49 $55,100
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,870 0.23 $27.79 $57,810
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,970 0.10 $34.05 $70,820

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 29,020 2.08 $29.20 $60,730
Local Government (OES Designation) 39,210 0.73 $28.40 $59,070
Natural Gas Distribution 360 0.32 $35.29 $73,400
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,760 0.27 $33.76 $70,220
State Government (OES Designation) 5,490 0.25 $26.49 $55,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lessors of Real Estate 220 0.04 $37.84 $78,700
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 810 0.21 $37.41 $77,810
Support Activities for Mining 360 0.09 $36.03 $74,950
Natural Gas Distribution 360 0.32 $35.29 $73,400
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,970 0.10 $34.05 $70,820


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 9,790 0.63 0.95 $38.95 $81,030
Texas 7,280 0.63 0.95 $26.52 $55,150
New York 7,250 0.81 1.22 $30.44 $63,320
Florida 6,160 0.78 1.17 $27.40 $56,980
Pennsylvania 5,520 0.97 1.46 $25.43 $52,890



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 510 1.17 1.76 $29.86 $62,100
Virginia 3,930 1.07 1.61 $27.55 $57,310
New Jersey 4,150 1.06 1.60 $32.54 $67,670
Hawaii 630 1.01 1.53 $29.79 $61,960
Maryland 2,560 0.99 1.49 $26.98 $56,120



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 300 0.92 1.38 $39.67 $82,510
California 9,790 0.63 0.95 $38.95 $81,030
District of Columbia 350 0.51 0.77 $37.93 $78,900
Nevada 800 0.65 0.98 $34.66 $72,090
Connecticut 890 0.54 0.81 $34.08 $70,880




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 4,650 0.72 1.08 $33.25 $69,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,540 1.05 1.58 $30.84 $64,150
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,030 0.69 1.04 $29.22 $60,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,950 0.48 0.72 $37.69 $78,390
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,730 1.31 1.98 $26.56 $55,240
Pittsburgh, PA 1,590 1.40 2.11 $25.09 $52,190
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.42 0.64 $34.14 $71,010
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.63 0.95 $25.19 $52,390
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,390 0.74 1.11 $27.61 $57,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,380 0.56 0.84 $26.83 $55,810