Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
11,520 1.6 % $27.93 $58,100 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.16 $20.60 $26.66 $34.42 $42.43
Annual Wage (2) $33,610 $42,850 $55,440 $71,590 $88,260


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) 9,030 0.16 $28.67 $59,640
State Government (OES Designation) 1,400 0.06 $24.29 $50,530
Investigation and Security Services 200 0.02 $23.90 $49,710
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 160 0.02 $27.55 $57,300
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 100 0.00 $25.93 $53,920

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) 9,030 0.16 $28.67 $59,640
State Government (OES Designation) 1,400 0.06 $24.29 $50,530
Other Support Services 50 0.02 $21.63 $44,980
Investigation and Security Services 200 0.02 $23.90 $49,710
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 160 0.02 $27.55 $57,300

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 (8) (8) $34.39 $71,540
Insurance Carriers 60 0.01 $31.80 $66,150
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,030 0.16 $28.67 $59,640
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 160 0.02 $27.55 $57,300
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 100 (7) $25.93 $53,920


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)
New Jersey 1,040 0.27 3.13 $25.93 $53,930
California 1,030 0.07 0.81 $38.00 $79,050
New York 930 0.11 1.24 $29.17 $60,680
Florida 850 0.11 1.31 $28.67 $59,640
Texas 760 0.07 0.80 $27.89 $58,000




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)
Connecticut 550 0.33 3.84 $27.20 $56,570
New Jersey 1,040 0.27 3.13 $25.93 $53,930
Delaware 110 0.26 2.94 $22.38 $46,550
Nevada 210 0.18 2.12 $31.29 $65,080
North Carolina 600 0.15 1.74 $23.16 $48,170




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 240 0.08 0.96 $39.02 $81,160
California 1,030 0.07 0.81 $38.00 $79,050
Oregon 120 0.07 0.84 $37.64 $78,280
Massachusetts 220 0.07 0.79 $33.33 $69,330
Colorado 150 0.06 0.74 $31.88 $66,300





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 790 0.15 1.73 $28.57 $59,420
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 230 0.42 4.81 $24.79 $51,560
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 230 0.23 2.68 $26.89 $55,930
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 210 0.09 1.02 $24.33 $50,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.05 0.58 $46.25 $96,210
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 200 0.09 1.05 $29.35 $61,050
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 200 0.07 0.81 $28.70 $59,700
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.20 2.34 $26.24 $54,580
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 180 0.10 1.15 $26.70 $55,530
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 180 0.21 2.41 $25.84 $53,740




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)
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 50 0.63 7.27 $31.64 $65,820
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 230 0.42 4.81 $24.79 $51,560
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 60 0.41 4.77 $24.96 $51,920
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 90 0.40 4.64 $29.61 $61,590
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 50 0.40 4.58 $20.44 $42,520
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 180 0.36 4.15 $24.64 $51,240
Topeka, KS 40 0.35 4.03 $19.84 $41,270
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 40 0.35 4.00 $18.93 $39,380
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 40 0.28 3.19 $21.17 $44,030
New Haven, CT 80 0.28 3.21 $30.42 $63,270




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-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 0.73 $51.02 $106,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.05 0.58 $46.25 $96,210
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 1.06 $45.16 $93,930
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.05 0.62 $44.84 $93,270
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.05 0.59 $43.72 $90,930
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.08 0.87 $39.32 $81,780
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.02 0.28 $38.84 $80,790
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 130 0.07 0.82 $35.90 $74,670
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 80 0.10 1.21 $34.81 $72,400
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 80 0.10 1.11 $34.77 $72,320

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)
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 3.42 $16.03 $33,330
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.76 $20.36 $42,350
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.15 1.77 $20.49 $42,620
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.75 $27.41 $57,010
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 1.85 $19.34 $40,230

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)
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.35 4.06 $25.19 $52,390
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 3.42 $16.03 $33,330
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 2.94 $33.02 $68,680
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 2.96 $21.16 $44,010
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.76 $20.36 $42,350

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)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 2.94 $33.02 $68,680
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.75 $27.41 $57,010
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.35 4.06 $25.19 $52,390
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 1.36 $23.63 $49,150
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 2.96 $21.16 $44,010


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014