Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
11,910 2.3 % $29.64 $61,660 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.60 $21.20 $28.10 $36.77 $45.80
Annual Wage (2) $34,530 $44,090 $58,440 $76,480 $95,270


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 (OES Designation) 9,310 0.17 $29.86 $62,110
State Government (OES Designation) 1,040 0.05 $27.73 $57,670
Investigation and Security Services 240 0.03 $34.13 $70,990
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 190 0.01 $26.44 $55,000
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $27.95 $58,140

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 (OES Designation) 9,310 0.17 $29.86 $62,110
State Government (OES Designation) 1,040 0.05 $27.73 $57,670
Investigation and Security Services 240 0.03 $34.13 $70,990
Other Support Services 70 0.02 $23.57 $49,030
Ship and Boat Building 30 0.02 $27.01 $56,180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 110 0.02 $34.96 $72,720
Investigation and Security Services 240 0.03 $34.13 $70,990
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $30.69 $63,830
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,310 0.17 $29.86 $62,110
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $27.95 $58,140


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 1,370 0.12 1.38 $27.74 $57,700
New Jersey 1,010 0.25 2.99 $27.37 $56,930
California 860 0.05 0.63 $44.11 $91,750
Florida 810 0.10 1.17 $30.39 $63,220
North Carolina 620 0.15 1.72 $24.47 $50,900




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)
Delaware 160 0.36 4.26 $23.71 $49,310
New Jersey 1,010 0.25 2.99 $27.37 $56,930
Mississippi 270 0.24 2.81 $22.12 $46,010
Connecticut 360 0.22 2.57 $32.47 $67,540
North Carolina 620 0.15 1.72 $24.47 $50,900




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 860 0.05 0.63 $44.11 $91,750
Washington 230 0.07 0.88 $42.16 $87,690
Oregon 140 0.08 0.93 $41.77 $86,890
Nevada 130 0.11 1.25 $40.21 $83,630
Massachusetts 190 0.05 0.63 $36.03 $74,930





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 630 0.10 1.13 $26.96 $56,070
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 400 0.16 1.92 $30.04 $62,470
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 310 0.12 1.41 $31.05 $64,590
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 270 0.07 0.88 $26.12 $54,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.06 0.74 $47.31 $98,410
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 260 0.22 2.63 $29.87 $62,120
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 240 0.21 2.47 $25.70 $53,460
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 230 0.08 0.91 $31.91 $66,370
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 180 0.31 3.60 $34.14 $71,020
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 150 0.08 0.90 $32.95 $68,530




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)
Prescott, AZ 30 0.52 6.08 $27.39 $56,970
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 50 0.40 4.68 $22.28 $46,340
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 140 0.35 4.09 $18.81 $39,120
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 0.33 3.94 $35.98 $74,840
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.32 3.81 $22.61 $47,040
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 180 0.31 3.60 $34.14 $71,020
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 40 0.30 3.53 $27.91 $58,060
Savannah, GA 50 0.28 3.27 $15.17 $31,560
Trenton, NJ 60 0.25 2.94 $31.86 $66,270
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 260 0.22 2.63 $29.87 $62,120




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 70 0.06 0.74 $59.66 $124,090
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.51 $48.89 $101,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.06 0.74 $47.31 $98,410
Medford, OR (8) (8) (8) $44.24 $92,010
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 50 0.04 0.42 $44.04 $91,610
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.06 0.74 $43.74 $90,970
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.07 0.83 $43.33 $90,120
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 110 0.12 1.36 $42.29 $87,970
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 90 0.05 0.58 $40.83 $84,930
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 100 0.10 1.23 $38.90 $80,910

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 9.99 $18.88 $39,270
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 2.83 $21.39 $44,490
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 50 0.15 1.82 $21.44 $44,600
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.75 $21.76 $45,260
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 1.42 $21.12 $43,930

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 9.99 $18.88 $39,270
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 2.83 $21.39 $44,490
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.75 $21.76 $45,260
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 50 0.15 1.82 $21.44 $44,600
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 1.42 $21.12 $43,930

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 40 0.23 2.75 $21.76 $45,260
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 50 0.15 1.82 $21.44 $44,600
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 2.83 $21.39 $44,490
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 1.42 $21.12 $43,930
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.79 $41,170


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017