Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
87,620 1.3 % $27.13 $56,430 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.79 $20.24 $26.18 $33.32 $41.06
Annual Wage (2) $32,850 $42,090 $54,450 $69,310 $85,410


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) 38,040 0.69 $26.99 $56,130
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 27,230 2.04 $27.21 $56,590
State Government (OES Designation) 5,240 0.24 $24.54 $51,040
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,570 0.13 $32.04 $66,640
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,410 0.21 $27.18 $56,530

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 27,230 2.04 $27.21 $56,590
Local Government (OES Designation) 38,040 0.69 $26.99 $56,130
Natural Gas Distribution 420 0.38 $34.36 $71,480
State Government (OES Designation) 5,240 0.24 $24.54 $51,040
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,550 0.23 $28.91 $60,130

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 700 0.18 $37.39 $77,780
Waste Treatment and Disposal (8) (8) $36.50 $75,910
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 50 0.05 $34.52 $71,800
Natural Gas Distribution 420 0.38 $34.36 $71,480
Lessors of Real Estate 160 0.03 $33.90 $70,500


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 8,370 0.57 0.86 $36.13 $75,150
New York 7,350 0.85 1.29 $28.53 $59,350
Texas 7,260 0.66 1.01 $26.46 $55,030
Florida 5,660 0.76 1.15 $25.86 $53,790
Pennsylvania 4,830 0.86 1.30 $23.73 $49,350




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 4,090 1.07 1.62 $29.53 $61,420
Arizona 2,580 1.04 1.58 $25.23 $52,480
Hawaii 560 0.92 1.40 $27.24 $56,670
Virginia 3,280 0.90 1.37 $26.12 $54,330
Delaware 360 0.87 1.32 $27.15 $56,480




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,370 0.57 0.86 $36.13 $75,150
Alaska 240 0.75 1.13 $33.65 $69,980
Nevada 840 0.73 1.10 $33.43 $69,530
North Dakota 170 0.40 0.60 $33.22 $69,100
District of Columbia 490 0.73 1.10 $33.19 $69,040





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 3,720 0.71 1.07 $31.52 $65,560
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,480 0.67 1.01 $28.46 $59,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,000 0.85 1.28 $30.16 $62,740
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,790 0.65 0.98 $30.87 $64,200
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,740 0.98 1.48 $26.62 $55,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,670 0.42 0.63 $38.00 $79,040
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.66 0.99 $25.37 $52,780
Pittsburgh, PA 1,370 1.21 1.83 $25.02 $52,040
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,280 0.55 0.84 $25.65 $53,350
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,270 0.99 1.50 $26.13 $54,350




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)
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 100 2.24 3.39 $26.19 $54,480
Cheyenne, WY 100 2.16 3.27 $20.95 $43,580
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 460 2.12 3.21 $33.18 $69,020
Prescott, AZ 110 2.11 3.20 $22.89 $47,610
Williamsport, PA 110 2.03 3.07 $20.56 $42,760
Flagstaff, AZ 110 1.94 2.94 $21.71 $45,160
Ocean City, NJ 70 1.79 2.71 $30.87 $64,200
Altoona, PA 100 1.77 2.67 $23.62 $49,120
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 750 1.75 2.65 $27.83 $57,880
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 160 1.59 2.41 $23.95 $49,820