Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
89,280 2.1 % $26.55 $55,230 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.41 $19.74 $25.70 $32.78 $40.27
Annual Wage (2) $32,050 $41,060 $53,450 $68,190 $83,760


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) 39,000 0.71 $26.73 $55,600
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 26,540 2.04 $25.99 $54,060
State Government (OES Designation) 5,250 0.24 $24.37 $50,680
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,560 0.32 $29.38 $61,120
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,730 0.13 $31.82 $66,180

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 26,540 2.04 $25.99 $54,060
Other Pipeline Transportation 90 1.38 $27.56 $57,330
Local Government (OES Designation) 39,000 0.71 $26.73 $55,600
Natural Gas Distribution 360 0.33 $33.36 $69,380
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,560 0.32 $29.38 $61,120

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Treatment and Disposal (8) (8) $36.63 $76,190
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 590 0.15 $35.41 $73,650
Natural Gas Distribution 360 0.33 $33.36 $69,380
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation (8) (8) $32.62 $67,860
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,730 0.13 $31.82 $66,180


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 8,200 0.57 0.84 $35.24 $73,290
Texas 7,750 0.73 1.07 $26.36 $54,830
New York 7,120 0.83 1.22 $28.10 $58,440
Florida 5,810 0.80 1.17 $25.63 $53,320
Pennsylvania 4,880 0.87 1.27 $22.80 $47,430




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)
District of Columbia 840 1.29 1.88 $35.91 $74,700
Arizona 2,740 1.14 1.66 $24.85 $51,690
New Jersey 4,000 1.05 1.54 $29.78 $61,940
Hawaii 590 1.00 1.46 $26.93 $56,020
Delaware 400 0.98 1.43 $23.62 $49,130




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 840 1.29 1.88 $35.91 $74,700
California 8,200 0.57 0.84 $35.24 $73,290
Nevada 850 0.75 1.10 $34.12 $70,960
Alaska 310 0.98 1.42 $32.55 $67,710
Washington 2,260 0.82 1.19 $31.58 $65,680





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 3,380 0.66 0.96 $31.13 $64,740
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,770 0.76 1.11 $26.57 $55,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,060 0.88 1.28 $32.45 $67,490
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,900 1.10 1.61 $26.12 $54,330
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,800 0.86 1.25 $27.20 $56,570
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,690 0.64 0.94 $30.04 $62,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.44 0.63 $36.97 $76,890
Pittsburgh, PA 1,390 1.23 1.80 $23.87 $49,650
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,210 0.96 1.40 $26.29 $54,680
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,190 0.53 0.77 $24.10 $50,130




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)
Longview, TX 500 5.13 7.48 $29.93 $62,250
Cheyenne, WY 130 2.95 4.30 $23.51 $48,900
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 100 2.23 3.25 $25.98 $54,040
Ocean City, NJ 80 2.19 3.20 $30.74 $63,930
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 450 2.11 3.07 $33.47 $69,620
Prescott, AZ 110 2.08 3.04 $22.26 $46,290