Occupational Employment Statistics

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