Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
98,810 1.3 % $29.82 $62,020 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.94 $21.81 $28.41 $36.67 $45.84
Annual Wage (2) $35,220 $45,360 $59,090 $76,260 $95,340


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) 41,130 0.75 $29.53 $61,430
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 30,020 2.12 $30.21 $62,840
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,320 0.24 $27.53 $57,270
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,650 0.19 $28.95 $60,220
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 2,140 0.31 $30.77 $64,000

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 30,020 2.12 $30.21 $62,840
Natural Gas Distribution 960 0.86 $37.29 $77,560
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 41,130 0.75 $29.53 $61,430
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 80 0.35 $17.85 $37,130
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 370 0.34 $41.77 $86,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 370 0.34 $41.77 $86,880
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 690 0.18 $40.18 $83,580
Natural Gas Distribution 960 0.86 $37.29 $77,560
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,900 0.09 $35.74 $74,350
Insurance Carriers 160 0.01 $34.99 $72,790


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 10,700 0.64 0.92 $41.66 $86,660
Texas 7,890 0.66 0.96 $27.80 $57,820
New York 7,240 0.79 1.13 $32.10 $66,770
Florida 6,980 0.83 1.20 $27.68 $57,570
Pennsylvania 5,610 0.97 1.40 $26.32 $54,750




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 4,940 1.30 1.88 $28.36 $59,000
Hawaii 750 1.19 1.72 $31.09 $64,660
New Jersey 4,430 1.11 1.60 $31.68 $65,890
Oklahoma 1,730 1.10 1.59 $25.72 $53,500
North Carolina 4,440 1.03 1.49 $25.43 $52,900




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 10,700 0.64 0.92 $41.66 $86,660
Alaska 220 0.68 0.99 $41.60 $86,530
District of Columbia 290 0.41 0.60 $39.92 $83,040
North Dakota 240 0.57 0.83 $35.98 $74,840
Washington 3,000 0.94 1.36 $35.66 $74,180



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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 5,090 0.76 1.10 $34.31 $71,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,240 1.29 1.86 $31.88 $66,310
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,640 0.90 1.30 $31.09 $64,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,280 0.51 0.74 $40.47 $84,180
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,820 0.50 0.72 $31.50 $65,520
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,800 0.72 1.04 $26.01 $54,100
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,740 1.28 1.84 $26.89 $55,920
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,500 0.91 1.31 $37.60 $78,210
Pittsburgh, PA 1,460 1.29 1.86 $25.11 $52,220
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,390 1.17 1.68 $26.54 $55,210


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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)
Trenton, NJ 550 2.38 3.43 $34.46 $71,670
Ocean City, NJ 90 2.30 3.31 $28.31 $58,880
Williamsport, PA 110 2.16 3.12 $23.32 $48,500
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 260 2.06 2.97 $27.04 $56,240
Altoona, PA 110 1.93 2.79 $26.03 $54,140
Punta Gorda, FL 90 1.90 2.74 $24.70 $51,370
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 190 1.82 2.63 $31.42 $65,360
Raleigh, NC 1,080 1.77 2.56 $26.40 $54,910
Monroe, MI 70 1.73 2.49 $23.21 $48,280
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 60 1.63 2.36 $24.21 $50,350