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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
12,530 3.4 % $30.84 $64,140 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.50 $22.33 $30.05 $37.25 $45.83
Annual Wage (2) $36,400 $46,440 $62,510 $77,480 $95,330


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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,590 0.17 $31.43 $65,380
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,100 0.05 $28.81 $59,920
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 180 0.01 $26.78 $55,710
Building Equipment Contractors 80 0.00 $27.62 $57,450
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $42.96 $89,370

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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,590 0.17 $31.43 $65,380
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,100 0.05 $28.81 $59,920
Other Support Services 50 0.02 $25.58 $53,200
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 180 0.01 $26.78 $55,710
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $42.96 $89,370

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 60 (7) $42.96 $89,370
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities (8) (8) $31.59 $65,720
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,590 0.17 $31.43 $65,380
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,100 0.05 $28.81 $59,920
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $28.70 $59,700


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 2,120 0.17 2.02 $30.55 $63,540
New Jersey 1,190 0.29 3.40 $26.87 $55,890
New York 1,060 0.11 1.30 $32.01 $66,580
Florida 970 0.11 1.30 $30.31 $63,040
Illinois 730 0.12 1.40 $31.13 $64,760




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 1,190 0.29 3.40 $26.87 $55,890
Delaware 90 0.19 2.21 $28.28 $58,820
Texas 2,120 0.17 2.02 $30.55 $63,540
Connecticut 250 0.15 1.73 $35.71 $74,280
Alaska 50 0.15 1.69 (8) (8)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 700 0.04 0.48 $49.92 $103,830
Oregon 130 0.07 0.77 $43.20 $89,860
Washington 140 0.04 0.50 $39.15 $81,430
District of Columbia 70 0.09 1.07 $36.44 $75,800
Colorado 130 0.05 0.55 $35.96 $74,790





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,660 0.17 2.02 $29.12 $60,570
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 320 0.12 1.42 $36.73 $76,400
El Paso, TX 310 1.02 11.81 $22.26 $46,310
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 300 0.10 1.21 $28.93 $60,170
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 290 0.10 1.12 $33.06 $68,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 220 0.04 0.42 $59.08 $122,880
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 180 0.05 0.60 $31.88 $66,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 170 0.06 0.75 $25.37 $52,780
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 160 0.14 1.57 $27.50 $57,210
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 130 0.06 0.73 $33.01 $68,650




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)
El Paso, TX 310 1.02 11.81 $22.26 $46,310
Jefferson City, MO 40 0.53 6.17 $19.58 $40,740
Trenton, NJ 90 0.38 4.39 $29.89 $62,160
Topeka, KS 30 0.32 3.66 $22.24 $46,250
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 30 0.26 2.95 $29.22 $60,790
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 30 0.21 2.37 $32.17 $66,920
Salt Lake City, UT 120 0.17 1.92 $30.21 $62,840
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,660 0.17 2.02 $29.12 $60,570
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 80 0.17 1.96 $33.75 $70,210
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 90 0.15 1.70 $32.56 $67,730




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 220 0.04 0.42 $59.08 $122,880
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 110 0.04 0.52 $54.86 $114,110
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 40 0.03 0.35 $44.04 $91,610
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 60 0.15 1.77 $43.35 $90,160
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.07 0.79 $43.31 $90,070
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 70 0.04 0.41 $43.16 $89,780
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 100 0.10 1.20 $42.36 $88,110
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 80 0.08 0.94 $40.04 $83,280
New Haven, CT 30 0.12 1.35 $36.96 $76,870
Oklahoma City, OK 60 0.10 1.12 $36.82 $76,580

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 Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.26 2.96 $19.71 $40,990
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 7.90 $24.48 $50,920
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 2.51 $27.08 $56,320
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 1.65 $22.24 $46,250
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 40 0.11 1.24 $19.83 $41,240

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)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 7.90 $24.48 $50,920
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.26 2.96 $19.71 $40,990
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 2.51 $27.08 $56,320
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 1.65 $22.24 $46,250
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 1.49 $16.76 $34,860

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)
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.90 $66,350
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 2.51 $27.08 $56,320
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 7.90 $24.48 $50,920
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 1.65 $22.24 $46,250
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 40 0.11 1.24 $19.83 $41,240


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019