Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
94,960 1.3 % $29.45 $61,250 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.75 $21.64 $28.12 $36.18 $45.30
Annual Wage (2) $34,830 $45,010 $58,480 $75,250 $94,220


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) 39,990 0.74 $29.11 $60,550
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 29,430 2.10 $29.80 $61,990
State Government (OES Designation) 5,230 0.24 $27.21 $56,590
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,890 0.22 $29.10 $60,520
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 2,470 0.36 $32.28 $67,140

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 29,430 2.10 $29.80 $61,990
Natural Gas Distribution 900 0.80 $36.17 $75,230
Local Government (OES Designation) 39,990 0.74 $29.11 $60,550
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 2,470 0.36 $32.28 $67,140
State Government (OES Designation) 5,230 0.24 $27.21 $56,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Land Subdivision 70 0.17 $48.17 $100,190
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 740 0.19 $38.43 $79,940
Natural Gas Distribution 900 0.80 $36.17 $75,230
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,980 0.10 $34.58 $71,930
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,660 0.22 $34.47 $71,700


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)
California 10,810 0.68 1.00 $40.24 $83,690
Texas 7,440 0.63 0.94 $26.71 $55,550
New York 7,240 0.80 1.18 $31.64 $65,810
Florida 6,650 0.81 1.20 $27.83 $57,880
Pennsylvania 5,600 0.97 1.44 $25.07 $52,140




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)
Virginia 4,510 1.20 1.77 $28.79 $59,890
Hawaii 750 1.18 1.75 $30.08 $62,560
Delaware 500 1.13 1.67 $26.72 $55,570
New Jersey 4,210 1.06 1.57 $32.44 $67,480
Oklahoma 1,670 1.05 1.56 $23.79 $49,480




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 270 0.39 0.58 $42.15 $87,670
Alaska 310 0.94 1.39 $41.57 $86,470
California 10,810 0.68 1.00 $40.24 $83,690
Nevada 730 0.57 0.84 $35.89 $74,660
Washington 2,930 0.95 1.41 $35.26 $73,340





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 4,950 0.75 1.11 $34.33 $71,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,830 1.14 1.68 $32.46 $67,510
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,310 0.79 1.16 $29.01 $60,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,250 0.53 0.79 $37.80 $78,620
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,670 0.46 0.68 $31.75 $66,040
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,640 1.22 1.81 $26.91 $55,960
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,570 0.99 1.46 $37.12 $77,200
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.61 0.89 $25.56 $53,170
Pittsburgh, PA 1,450 1.28 1.90 $24.13 $50,200
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,370 1.27 1.87 $45.92 $95,520


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