Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
11,860 1.6 % $27.60 $57,400 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.31 $20.72 $25.96 $34.01 $42.02
Annual Wage (2) $33,920 $43,090 $53,990 $70,730 $87,400


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) 9,000 0.16 $28.46 $59,190
State Government (OES Designation) 1,930 0.09 $23.72 $49,340
Investigation and Security Services 170 0.02 $23.19 $48,230
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 90 0.00 $27.37 $56,930
Insurance Carriers 80 0.01 $33.21 $69,080

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) 9,000 0.16 $28.46 $59,190
State Government (OES Designation) 1,930 0.09 $23.72 $49,340
Investigation and Security Services 170 0.02 $23.19 $48,230
Other Support Services 30 0.01 $22.54 $46,890
Insurance Carriers 80 0.01 $33.21 $69,080

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 80 0.01 $33.21 $69,080
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $32.81 $68,250
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,000 0.16 $28.46 $59,190
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities (8) (8) $28.07 $58,390
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 90 (7) $27.37 $56,930


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 1,620 0.11 1.24 $31.89 $66,330
New Jersey 1,020 0.27 2.95 $26.61 $55,350
Florida 870 0.12 1.31 $29.56 $61,470
New York 860 0.10 1.11 $28.93 $60,160
Texas 740 0.07 0.76 $27.56 $57,320




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 580 0.36 3.95 $26.04 $54,170
New Jersey 1,020 0.27 2.95 $26.61 $55,350
Delaware 80 0.21 2.29 $22.34 $46,470
Nevada 210 0.19 2.07 $31.88 $66,310
North Carolina 550 0.14 1.55 $22.98 $47,810




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 250 0.09 0.97 $37.58 $78,170
Oregon 140 0.08 0.92 $36.61 $76,140
Massachusetts 210 0.06 0.71 $32.19 $66,960
California 1,620 0.11 1.24 $31.89 $66,330
Nevada 210 0.19 2.07 $31.88 $66,310





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 740 0.14 1.58 $28.11 $58,480
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 300 0.26 2.86 $25.68 $53,410
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 270 0.48 5.32 $23.20 $48,260
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 240 0.25 2.70 $26.70 $55,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.06 0.60 $44.77 $93,110
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 200 0.09 1.03 $29.43 $61,210
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.20 2.20 $28.31 $58,890
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 180 0.07 0.75 $28.89 $60,090
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 170 0.21 2.32 $31.06 $64,610
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 0.51 $30.03 $62,470




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)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 60 0.72 7.93 (8) (8)
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 50 0.64 7.07 $31.37 $65,250
Jefferson City, MO 40 0.61 6.72 $17.91 $37,260
Chico, CA 40 0.57 6.22 $23.10 $48,040
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 270 0.48 5.32 $23.20 $48,260
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 40 0.34 3.70 $18.51 $38,490
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 50 0.34 3.72 $23.76 $49,410
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.33 3.59 $25.30 $52,620
Salinas, CA 50 0.32 3.56 $26.01 $54,090
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 70 0.31 3.45 $31.89 $66,330




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 0.07 0.76 $51.51 $107,140
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.09 0.95 $46.59 $96,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.06 0.60 $44.77 $93,110
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 0.60 $42.10 $87,580
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.07 0.82 $38.87 $80,850
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.08 0.90 $38.39 $79,860
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 110 0.15 1.63 $36.55 $76,010
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 90 0.17 1.84 $36.09 $75,070
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 120 0.07 0.75 $35.22 $73,260
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 30 0.11 1.22 $33.92 $70,550

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)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 3.44 $25.72 $53,490
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 3.22 $17.45 $36,300
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.17 1.92 $19.75 $41,080
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 2.11 $18.95 $39,410
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.54 $20.68 $43,020

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)
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.82 9.05 $22.77 $47,360
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 4.52 $24.34 $50,630
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 3.44 $25.72 $53,490
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 3.22 $17.45 $36,300
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 2.84 $23.54 $48,960

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)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 3.44 $25.72 $53,490
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 4.52 $24.34 $50,630
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 2.84 $23.54 $48,960
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 1.46 $22.82 $47,460
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.82 9.05 $22.77 $47,360


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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