Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
11,370 1.8 % $28.36 $58,980 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.35 $20.67 $26.99 $35.12 $43.43
Annual Wage (2) $34,010 $42,990 $56,130 $73,050 $90,330


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) 8,960 0.17 $28.90 $60,110
State Government (OES Designation) 1,130 0.05 $25.00 $52,000
Investigation and Security Services 240 0.03 (8) (8)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 110 0.00 $26.20 $54,500
Other Support Services 80 0.03 $23.07 $47,990

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) 8,960 0.17 $28.90 $60,110
State Government (OES Designation) 1,130 0.05 $25.00 $52,000
Other Support Services 80 0.03 $23.07 $47,990
Investigation and Security Services 240 0.03 (8) (8)
Ship and Boat Building 30 0.02 $27.15 $56,480

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) $33.83 $70,360
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 40 (7) $31.11 $64,720
Insurance Carriers 40 (7) $30.12 $62,640
Local Government (OES Designation) 8,960 0.17 $28.90 $60,110
Ship and Boat Building 30 0.02 $27.15 $56,480


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 1,030 0.27 3.15 $26.42 $54,960
New York 990 0.11 1.34 $29.46 $61,280
California 870 0.06 0.68 $40.41 $84,050
Texas 850 0.08 0.90 $27.52 $57,230
Florida 820 0.11 1.28 $29.13 $60,590



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 570 0.34 4.09 $28.75 $59,800
New Jersey 1,030 0.27 3.15 $26.42 $54,960
Nevada 190 0.16 1.92 $31.82 $66,190
North Carolina 610 0.15 1.79 $23.16 $48,160
Maine 80 0.13 1.60 $20.76 $43,180



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 170 0.06 0.71 $43.99 $91,510
California 870 0.06 0.68 $40.41 $84,050
Oregon 170 0.10 1.17 $38.84 $80,780
Massachusetts 200 0.06 0.71 $34.82 $72,420
Nevada 190 0.16 1.92 $31.82 $66,190




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 840 0.16 1.85 $28.71 $59,710
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 280 0.12 1.48 $26.92 $55,990
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 240 0.10 1.18 $26.29 $54,680
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 230 0.24 2.90 $27.32 $56,820
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 230 0.40 4.76 $29.49 $61,350
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 220 0.22 2.56 $26.64 $55,410
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 200 0.07 0.83 $29.01 $60,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.05 0.54 $46.77 $97,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 180 0.08 0.91 $29.72 $61,810
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 170 0.19 2.23 $26.05 $54,190



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)
Ocean City, NJ 30 0.82 9.69 $26.89 $55,940
Savannah, GA 80 0.50 5.91 $14.66 $30,480
Waterbury, CT 30 0.49 5.81 $30.41 $63,260
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 50 0.42 4.95 $20.56 $42,760
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 230 0.40 4.76 $29.49 $61,350
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 60 0.40 4.76 $25.01 $52,020
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 80 0.38 4.49 $29.25 $60,840
Topeka, KS 40 0.37 4.35 $19.97 $41,530
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 40 0.36 4.25 $18.99 $39,500
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 40 0.33 3.97 $21.64 $45,000



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 50 0.04 0.49 $55.47 $115,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.05 0.54 $46.77 $97,280
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.05 0.65 $46.14 $95,970
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 1.19 $44.60 $92,760
Medford, OR (8) (8) (8) $42.75 $88,920
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 70 0.07 0.83 $39.86 $82,910
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 120 0.07 0.78 $37.26 $77,490
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 70 0.12 1.46 $37.09 $77,150
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 80 0.10 1.15 $36.97 $76,890
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.54 $34.85 $72,490

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 60 0.34 3.99 $17.18 $35,740
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.17 1.99 $19.95 $41,500
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 3.09 $20.89 $43,440
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.89 $27.65 $57,520
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 1.88 $19.68 $40,930

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)
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.34 3.99 $17.18 $35,740
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 3.85 $25.06 $52,130
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 3.09 $20.89 $43,440
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 2.92 $38.41 $79,900
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.89 $27.65 $57,520

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 0.25 2.92 $38.41 $79,900
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.89 $27.65 $57,520
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 3.85 $25.06 $52,130
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 3.09 $20.89 $43,440
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.17 1.99 $19.95 $41,500


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015