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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
110,420 1.4 % $30.96 $64,390 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.52 $22.65 $29.19 $37.78 $47.51
Annual Wage (2) $36,440 $47,110 $60,710 $78,570 $98,820


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) 43,290 0.78 $30.57 $63,590
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 35,750 2.39 $30.74 $63,940
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,460 0.25 $28.85 $60,000
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,590 0.48 $33.85 $70,400
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,420 0.16 $28.72 $59,740

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 35,750 2.39 $30.74 $63,940
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 43,290 0.78 $30.57 $63,590
Natural Gas Distribution 770 0.71 $40.42 $84,070
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,590 0.48 $33.85 $70,400
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 550 0.45 $42.90 $89,230

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 550 0.45 $42.90 $89,230
Insurance Carriers 120 0.01 $42.09 $87,550
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,010 0.26 $41.47 $86,250
Natural Gas Distribution 770 0.71 $40.42 $84,070
Rail Transportation 240 0.10 $38.87 $80,860


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 11,210 0.90 1.20 $30.07 $62,540
California 10,320 0.59 0.79 $42.72 $88,860
Florida 8,740 0.99 1.32 $27.79 $57,790
New York 8,330 0.88 1.16 $32.84 $68,310
Pennsylvania 6,360 1.08 1.43 $28.50 $59,270




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)
Oklahoma 2,250 1.39 1.85 $30.64 $63,730
Delaware 600 1.33 1.76 $29.08 $60,490
Colorado 3,260 1.22 1.62 $33.05 $68,750
Virginia 4,220 1.09 1.45 $28.90 $60,110
New Jersey 4,450 1.09 1.45 $32.77 $68,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 10,320 0.59 0.79 $42.72 $88,860
District of Columbia 350 0.48 0.64 $40.55 $84,350
Alaska 260 0.81 1.08 $40.40 $84,040
Nevada 850 0.61 0.81 $36.82 $76,580
Washington 2,850 0.86 1.14 $36.66 $76,260





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 8,120 0.84 1.12 $34.36 $71,470
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,060 1.33 1.77 $33.50 $69,690
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,430 0.94 1.25 $28.94 $60,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,280 1.03 1.37 $33.04 $68,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,270 0.52 0.70 $44.34 $92,230
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,270 1.14 1.51 $30.36 $63,150
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,650 1.00 1.34 $29.77 $61,930
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,960 1.30 1.72 $34.14 $71,010
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,870 0.67 0.89 $35.62 $74,090
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,840 0.39 0.52 $35.34 $73,500