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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
117,830 2.1 % $ 32.93 $ 68,480 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Construction and Building Inspectors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.32 $ 23.25 $ 29.63 $ 37.95 $ 48.33
Annual Wage (2) $ 38,110 $ 48,360 $ 61,640 $ 78,940 $ 100,520


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) 46,940 0.87 $ 31.39 $ 65,280
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 35,530 2.35 $ 32.89 $ 68,400
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 6,280 0.82 $ 46.75 $ 97,230
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 5,280 0.24 $ 30.23 $ 62,880
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,620 0.17 $ 28.91 $ 60,140

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 35,530 2.35 $ 32.89 $ 68,400
Natural Gas Distribution 1,120 1.02 $ 46.67 $ 97,060
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 46,940 0.87 $ 31.39 $ 65,280
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 6,280 0.82 $ 46.75 $ 97,230
Other Pipeline Transportation 30 0.39 $ 37.62 $ 78,250

Top paying industries for Construction and Building Inspectors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 60 (7) $ 51.97 $ 108,110
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 150 0.01 $ 49.21 $ 102,350
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 6,280 0.82 $ 46.75 $ 97,230
Natural Gas Distribution 1,120 1.02 $ 46.67 $ 97,060
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 40 0.02 $ 46.46 $ 96,640


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.



Map of employment of construction and building inspectors by state, May 2021


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 14,850 1.22 1.45 $ 36.53 $ 75,980
California 10,460 0.63 0.76 $ 43.76 $ 91,020
Florida 9,380 1.09 1.30 $ 30.12 $ 62,640
New York 8,010 0.92 1.10 $ 35.76 $ 74,380
Pennsylvania 5,130 0.92 1.10 $ 29.89 $ 62,170


Map of location quotient of construction and building inspectors by state, May 2021


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)
Delaware 590 1.35 1.61 $ 34.87 $ 72,520
Colorado 3,430 1.31 1.56 $ 32.96 $ 68,550
New Jersey 4,750 1.23 1.48 $ 37.02 $ 77,000
Texas 14,850 1.22 1.45 $ 36.53 $ 75,980
Maine 700 1.18 1.41 $ 29.52 $ 61,410


Map of annual mean wages of construction and building inspectors by state, May 2021


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)
Connecticut 1,120 0.71 0.85 $ 44.53 $ 92,620
California 10,460 0.63 0.76 $ 43.76 $ 91,020
Alaska 270 0.91 1.08 $ 41.31 $ 85,910
District of Columbia 380 0.58 0.69 $ 40.34 $ 83,910
Washington 2,580 0.81 0.96 $ 38.35 $ 79,770



Map of employment of construction and building inspectors by area, May 2021


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 8,010 0.92 1.10 $ 38.40 $ 79,880
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,490 1.89 2.26 $ 42.65 $ 88,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,000 1.02 1.23 $ 33.93 $ 70,580
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,960 0.83 0.99 $ 33.57 $ 69,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,900 0.51 0.61 $ 44.75 $ 93,080
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,800 1.14 1.36 $ 31.86 $ 66,260
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,370 0.92 1.10 $ 33.84 $ 70,380
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,360 0.89 1.06 $ 33.58 $ 69,850
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,120 0.50 0.60 $ 35.74 $ 74,350
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,030 1.39 1.66 $ 34.90 $ 72,590


Map of location quotient of construction and building inspectors by area, May 2021


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)
Altoona, PA 150 2.62 3.13 $ 27.89 $ 58,020
Trenton, NJ 530 2.34 2.79 $ 36.93 $ 76,810
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,490 1.89 2.26 $ 42.65 $ 88,710
Williamsport, PA 90 1.86 2.22 $ 25.72 $ 53,500
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 70 1.75 2.09 $ 29.59 $ 61,550
Raleigh, NC 1,100 1.73 2.07 $ 30.94 $ 64,350
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 200 1.71 2.05 $ 27.17 $ 56,520
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 330 1.71 2.05 $ 28.14 $ 58,540
Prescott, AZ 110 1.64 1.96 $ 25.90 $ 53,860
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 360 1.61 1.93 (8) (8)