Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
88,410 1.2 % $28.09 $58,430 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.33 $20.87 $26.94 $34.37 $42.70
Annual Wage (2) $33,970 $43,400 $56,040 $71,490 $88,830


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) 37,690 0.71 $27.70 $57,610
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 28,330 2.08 $28.38 $59,030
State Government (OES Designation) 5,370 0.25 $25.25 $52,530
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,310 0.12 $32.59 $67,780
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,090 0.17 $28.70 $59,690

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 28,330 2.08 $28.38 $59,030
Local Government (OES Designation) 37,690 0.71 $27.70 $57,610
Natural Gas Distribution 330 0.30 $34.24 $71,220
State Government (OES Designation) 5,370 0.25 $25.25 $52,530
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,700 0.25 $31.46 $65,440

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 800 0.21 $37.96 $78,960
Natural Gas Distribution 330 0.30 $34.24 $71,220
Rail Transportation 40 0.02 $33.69 $70,080
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,310 0.12 $32.59 $67,780
Lessors of Real Estate 150 0.03 $32.51 $67,620


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 9,040 0.60 0.91 $37.24 $77,470
New York 7,470 0.85 1.30 $29.82 $62,020
Texas 6,890 0.61 0.94 $27.16 $56,500
Pennsylvania 5,750 1.02 1.55 $24.54 $51,040
Florida 5,480 0.71 1.09 $27.23 $56,630



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)
Delaware 540 1.28 1.95 $28.59 $59,460
New Jersey 4,160 1.07 1.64 $30.95 $64,370
Pennsylvania 5,750 1.02 1.55 $24.54 $51,040
Arizona 2,400 0.95 1.45 $24.85 $51,690
Virginia 3,360 0.92 1.41 $27.05 $56,260



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 300 0.92 1.41 $37.40 $77,800
California 9,040 0.60 0.91 $37.24 $77,470
District of Columbia 420 0.63 0.96 $35.51 $73,860
Nevada 740 0.62 0.96 $35.12 $73,050
Washington 2,090 0.72 1.10 $33.13 $68,900




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 3,930 0.73 1.11 $33.06 $68,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,060 0.87 1.32 $31.12 $64,730
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,010 0.54 0.82 $32.76 $68,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,910 0.47 0.72 $37.90 $78,820
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,890 0.67 1.02 $32.03 $66,610
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,650 0.89 1.35 $25.08 $52,160
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,540 0.84 1.29 $26.32 $54,740
Pittsburgh, PA 1,430 1.26 1.93 $25.00 $52,000
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,360 1.05 1.60 $26.81 $55,770
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.60 0.92 $25.43 $52,890



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)
Johnstown, PA 150 2.71 4.14 $21.32 $44,350
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 530 2.36 3