Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
89,270 1.4 % $26.11 $54,320 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.37 $19.55 $25.18 $31.76 $38.97
Annual Wage (2) $31,970 $40,650 $52,360 $66,060 $81,050


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) 42,430 0.76 $26.31 $54,730
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 25,450 1.99 $25.37 $52,770
State Government (OES Designation) 5,480 0.24 $23.58 $49,050
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,800 0.14 $31.62 $65,780
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,450 0.25 $30.04 $62,480

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 25,450 1.99 $25.37 $52,770
Other Pipeline Transportation 50 0.77 $25.10 $52,210
Local Government (OES Designation) 42,430 0.76 $26.31 $54,730
Natural Gas Distribution 300 0.28 $29.97 $62,340
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,450 0.25 $30.04 $62,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 450 0.11 $33.45 $69,580
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,800 0.14 $31.62 $65,780
Elementary and Secondary Schools 360 (7) $30.84 $64,150
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,240 0.19 $30.45 $63,340
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities (8) (8) $30.19 $62,800


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 8,930 0.64 0.91 $33.78 $70,260
New York 6,670 0.80 1.14 $26.50 $55,120
Texas 6,430 0.64 0.91 $25.13 $52,260
Florida 5,790 0.81 1.16 $25.60 $53,250
Pennsylvania 5,130 0.94 1.33 $22.34 $46,470




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)
Wyoming 340 1.26 1.79 $23.27 $48,410
Hawaii 620 1.09 1.55 $26.54 $55,210
Arizona 2,520 1.07 1.52 $24.72 $51,420
New Jersey 4,020 1.07 1.52 $29.08 $60,490
Nevada 1,130 1.02 1.45 $33.71 $70,120




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 (8) (8) (8) $39.23 $81,610
California 8,930 0.64 0.91 $33.78 $70,260
Nevada 1,130 1.02 1.45 $33.71 $70,120
Alaska 290 0.94 1.33 $30.79 $64,040
Washington 2,340 0.87 1.24 $30.49 $63,420

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,340 0.67 0.95 $28.94 $60,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,280 1.00 1.42 $32.78 $68,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,180 0.57 0.81 $35.41 $73,650
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,990 0.56 0.80 $28.91 $60,140
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,730 1.03 1.46 $25.68 $53,410
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,720 0.86 1.22 $27.21 $56,600
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,620 1.29 1.84 $24.82 $51,620
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,490 1.20 1.71 $24.11 $50,150
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,480 0.67 0.96 $23.83 $49,560
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,330 0.74 1.05 $24.05 $50,020





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)
Cheyenne, WY 150 3.59 5.11 $23.05 $47,950
Williamsport, PA 160 3.28 4.66 $22.20 $46,170
Huntsville, AL 510 2.51 3.58 $25.17 $52,350
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 510 2.36 3.35 $32.39 $67,380
Altoona, PA 130 2.22 3.16 $22.02 $45,800
Palm Coast, FL 30 1.99 2.83 $27.71 $57,640
Ocean City, NJ 70 1.88 2.68 $28.54 $59,360
Manhattan, KS 100 1.77 2.52 $29.88 $62,160
Coeur d'Alene, ID 80 1.65 2.35 $20.34 $42,300
Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL 110 1.56 2.22 $24.10 $50,140




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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 580 0.68 0.97 $40.41 $84,050
Napa, CA 60 1.01 1.44 $36.44 $75,800
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 120 0.71 1.01 $36.35 $75,600
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 750 0.79 1.12 $35.67 $74,190
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 30 0.37 0.53 $35.60 $74,050
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.52 0.74 $35.50 $73,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,180 0.57 0.81 $35.41 $73,650
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 840 1.05 1.49 $35.19 $73,190
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 150 0.90 1.28 $34.90 $72,580
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA (8) (8) (8) $33.74 $70,170

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 New York nonmetropolitan area 330 1.70 2.42 $23.35 $48,570
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 230 1.19 1.70 $17.74 $36,900
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 210 1.31 1.86 $20.38 $42,400
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 210 1.10 1.57 $23.53 $48,940
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 0.75 1.07 $23.69 $49,280

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 80 2.00 2.85 $24.08 $50,090
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 110 1.88 2.68 $33.30 $69,270
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area 60 1.85 2.64 $22.78 $47,380
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 330 1.70 2.42 $23.35 $48,570
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 170 1.65 2.34 $27.01 $56,190

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)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 110 1.88 2.68 $33.30 $69,270
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.87 1.23 $29.74 $61,860
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.44 0.62 $29.27 $60,890
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.98 1.39 $29.17 $60,670
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 1.10 1.56 $28.92 $60,140


About May 2010 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 mean 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011