Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
11,940 2.6 % $29.93 $62,260 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.73 $21.34 $28.49 $37.12 $46.14
Annual Wage (2) $34,800 $44,390 $59,260 $77,210 $95,960


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) 9,360 0.17 $30.41 $63,260
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,050 0.05 $28.68 $59,650
Investigation and Security Services 200 0.02 $28.23 $58,720
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 190 0.01 $26.14 $54,380
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $28.52 $59,330

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) 9,360 0.17 $30.41 $63,260
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,050 0.05 $28.68 $59,650
Investigation and Security Services 200 0.02 $28.23 $58,720
Ship and Boat Building 30 0.02 (8) (8)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 190 0.01 $26.14 $54,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,360 0.17 $30.41 $63,260
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,050 0.05 $28.68 $59,650
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $28.52 $59,330
Investigation and Security Services 200 0.02 $28.23 $58,720
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $27.60 $57,400


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 1,350 0.11 1.35 $28.63 $59,550
New Jersey 1,290 0.32 3.85 $26.19 $54,480
California 820 0.05 0.59 $45.57 $94,790
Florida 800 0.09 1.13 $31.47 $65,460
North Carolina 600 0.14 1.68 $25.40 $52,830




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 1,290 0.32 3.85 $26.19 $54,480
Delaware 140 0.32 3.83 $24.71 $51,400
Mississippi 280 0.25 2.98 $22.84 $47,500
Connecticut 260 0.16 1.90 $33.80 $70,310
South Carolina 290 0.15 1.74 $23.35 $48,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 820 0.05 0.59 $45.57 $94,790
Oregon 120 0.06 0.77 $41.78 $86,910
Washington 200 0.06 0.75 $41.11 $85,510
Nevada 130 0.10 1.22 $40.44 $84,110
Massachusetts 180 0.05 0.62 $36.93 $76,820



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 810 0.12 1.44 $25.87 $53,810
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 330 0.13 1.59 $32.82 $68,270
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 330 0.09 1.08 $25.40 $52,820
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 310 0.26 3.13 $27.72 $57,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.06 0.70 $49.21 $102,350
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 240 0.21 2.45 $26.39 $54,880
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 230 0.08 0.95 $32.79 $68,200
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 230 0.09 1.06 $32.20 $66,980
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.30 3.55 $30.43 $63,280
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 150 0.08 0.93 $34.49 $71,730


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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)
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 50 0.38 4.49 $22.66 $47,130
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 0.35 4.16 $38.62 $80,330
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 40 0.35 4.22 $25.94 $53,950
Trenton, NJ 80 0.34 4.04 $29.91 $62,210
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 120 0.33 3.97 $24.21 $50,360
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 130 0.33 3.98 $19.37 $40,280
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.30 3.55 $30.43 $63,280
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 40 0.28 3.36 $30.78 $64,030
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 310 0.26 3.13 $27.72 $57,660
Knoxville, TN 80 0.21 2.56 $28.88 $60,060


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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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 0.86 $59.12 $122,980
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.40 $53.90 $112,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.06 0.70 $49.21 $102,350
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 0.66 $43.97 $91,450
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 80 0.04 0.53 $43.16 $89,770
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.07 0.86 $42.99 $89,430
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 100 0.11 1.27 $42.72 $88,860
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 70 0.05 0.58 $39.97 $83,140
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 70 0.12 1.42 $39.20 $81,540
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 80 0.08 0.99 $38.86 $80,830

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)
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.85 10.13 $19.50 $40,560
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.21 2.55 $19.43 $40,400
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 50 0.15 1.84 $21.93 $45,620
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.91 $22.88 $47,590
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 1.79 $22.71 $47,230

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)
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.85 10.13 $19.50 $40,560
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.91 $22.88 $47,590
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.21 2.55 $19.43 $40,400
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 50 0.15 1.84 $21.93 $45,620
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 1.79 $22.71 $47,230

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.91 $22.88 $47,590
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 1.79 $22.71 $47,230
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 50 0.15 1.84 $21.93 $45,620
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.52 $21.63 $44,990
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.85 10.13 $19.50 $40,560


About May 2017 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.

(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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018