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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Construction and Building Inspectors
Industry profile for Construction and Building Inspectors
Geographic profile for Construction and Building Inspectors

National estimates for Construction and Building Inspectors:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Construction and Building Inspectors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
113,770 1.9 % $ 31.96 $ 66,470 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Construction and Building Inspectors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.20 $ 23.49 $ 30.22 $ 38.93 $ 48.64
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,850 $ 48,860 $ 62,860 $ 80,970 $ 101,170


Industry profile for Construction and Building Inspectors:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Construction and Building Inspectors are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Construction and Building Inspectors, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Construction and Building Inspectors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 42,390 0.78 $ 31.38 $ 65,260
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 38,070 2.53 $ 32.04 $ 66,630
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 5,370 0.24 $ 29.94 $ 62,280
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,650 0.50 $ 33.92 $ 70,560
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,460 0.16 $ 30.16 $ 62,720

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Construction and Building Inspectors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 38,070 2.53 $ 32.04 $ 66,630
Natural Gas Distribution 860 0.80 $ 41.76 $ 86,860
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 42,390 0.78 $ 31.38 $ 65,260
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,650 0.50 $ 33.92 $ 70,560
Rail Transportation 650 0.31 $ 39.44 $ 82,040

Top paying industries for Construction and Building Inspectors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 100 0.01 $ 42.90 $ 89,240
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,120 0.30 $ 41.83 $ 87,000
Natural Gas Distribution 860 0.80 $ 41.76 $ 86,860
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 150 0.07 $ 41.40 $ 86,120
Rail Transportation 650 0.31 $ 39.44 $ 82,040


Geographic profile for Construction and Building Inspectors:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Construction and Building Inspectors are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Construction and Building Inspectors, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Construction and Building Inspectors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 11,180 0.92 1.13 $ 30.90 $ 64,270
California 9,900 0.60 0.74 $ 44.00 $ 91,510
Florida 9,330 1.10 1.35 $ 29.39 $ 61,130
New York 8,590 0.99 1.21 $ 33.34 $ 69,360
Pennsylvania 6,050 1.10 1.34 $ 29.05 $ 60,420




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Construction and Building Inspectors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 800 1.39 1.70 $ 34.46 $ 71,680
Oklahoma 2,050 1.31 1.60 $ 30.23 $ 62,880
Maryland 3,250 1.29 1.58 $ 30.72 $ 63,900
Colorado 3,250 1.26 1.54 $ 34.61 $ 71,980
Delaware 510 1.19 1.46 $ 29.67 $ 61,720




Top paying states for Construction and Building Inspectors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,900 0.60 0.74 $ 44.00 $ 91,510
Alaska 230 0.78 0.95 $ 43.39 $ 90,260
Connecticut 1,110 0.72 0.88 $ 41.96 $ 87,280
District of Columbia 350 0.51 0.62 $ 41.92 $ 87,190
Washington 2,910 0.91 1.12 $ 38.13 $ 79,310





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Construction and Building Inspectors:

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 8,350 0.94 1.16 $ 35.02 $ 72,840
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,420 1.49 1.82 $ 32.85 $ 68,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,430 1.14 1.39 $ 34.02 $ 70,770
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,230 1.20 1.46 $ 30.08 $ 62,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,230 0.55 0.68 $ 46.34 $ 96,380
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,090 0.86 1.05 $ 30.76 $ 63,980
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,020 1.20 1.47 $ 29.49 $ 61,330
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,100 0.99 1.21 $ 30.37 $ 63,170
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,050 1.41 1.72 $ 36.32 $ 75,550
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 2,000 1.56 1.90 $ 29.75 $ 61,870




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Construction and Building Inspectors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 150 3.26 3.98 $ 34.28 $ 71,310
Corvallis, OR 100 2.83 3.46 $ 34.19 $ 71,120
Raleigh, NC 1,610 2.59 3.16 $ 31.74 $ 66,020
Trenton, NJ 580 2.53 3.10 $ 36.46 $ 75,830
Williamsport, PA 120 2.51 3.07 $ 26.99 $ 56,130
Cheyenne, WY 100 2.26 2.77 $ 34.11 $ 70,940
Altoona, PA 110 2.09 2.56 $ 27.91 $ 58,050
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 220 2.02 2.47 $ 29.69 $ 61,760
Walla Walla, WA 50 1.88 2.30 $ 34.83 $ 72,460
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 210 1.87 2.28 $ 33.41 $ 69,490