Updated August 18, 2021
Average Construction Inspector Salary
$44,000 yearly
$21.56 hourly

Entry level Salary
$32,000 yearly
$32,000
10 %
$44,000
Median
$62,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$62,000
$5,167
$30
75th Percentile
$53,000
$4,417
$25
Average
$44,848
$3,737
$22
25th Percentile
$37,000
$3,083
$18
10th Percentile
$32,000
$2,667
$15

Average Construction Inspector Salary By State

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Construction Inspector average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$37,736
$18.14
Alaska
$75,411
$36.26
Arizona
$43,612
$20.97
Arkansas
$38,441
$18.48
California
$69,271
$33.30
Colorado
$56,555
$27.19
Connecticut
$59,158
$28.44
Delaware
$53,461
$25.70
District of Columbia
$52,062
$25.03
Florida
$43,157
$20.75
Georgia
$40,811
$19.62
Hawaii
$45,879
$22.06
Idaho
$63,913
$30.73
Illinois
$63,253
$30.41
Indiana
$45,349
$21.80
Iowa
$54,693
$26.29
Kansas
$53,531
$25.74
Kentucky
$39,266
$18.88
Louisiana
$37,971
$18.26
Maine
$60,614
$29.14
Maryland
$47,835
$23.00
Massachusetts
$53,899
$25.91
Michigan
$40,808
$19.62
Minnesota
$53,926
$25.93
Mississippi
$55,558
$26.71
Missouri
$58,577
$28.16
Montana
$41,554
$19.98
Nebraska
$60,037
$28.86
Nevada
$62,237
$29.92
New Hampshire
$57,499
$27.64
New Jersey
$56,796
$27.31
New Mexico
$40,473
$19.46
New York
$55,984
$26.92
North Carolina
$47,799
$22.98
North Dakota
$63,644
$30.60
Ohio
$40,670
$19.55
Oklahoma
$43,426
$20.88
Oregon
$52,756
$25.36
Pennsylvania
$42,363
$20.37
Rhode Island
$55,055
$26.47
South Carolina
$37,142
$17.86
South Dakota
$42,012
$20.20
Tennessee
$50,993
$24.52
Texas
$44,192
$21.25
Utah
$60,441
$29.06
Vermont
$56,423
$27.13
Virginia
$44,435
$21.36
Washington
$72,648
$34.93
West Virginia
$55,023
$26.45
Wisconsin
$42,236
$20.31
Wyoming
$51,683
$24.85

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Highest Paying Cities For Construction Inspector

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Tacoma, WA
$73,538
$35.35
Sacramento, CA
$73,486
$35.33
Chicago, IL
$63,393
$30.48
Las Vegas, NV
$61,462
$29.55
OFallon, MO
$58,403
$28.08
Brighton, CO
$56,523
$27.17

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How much does a Construction Inspector make?

The average construction inspector salary is $44,848 per year, or $21.56 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $32,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $62,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, Washington, California, Idaho, and North Dakota provide the highest construction inspector salaries.

Average Construction Inspector Salary Over Time

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    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $44,800
    $21.56
    +1.0%
    2020
    $44,400
    $21.34
    +1.0%
    2019
    $43,900
    $21.12
    +1.9%
    2018
    $43,100
    $20.71
    +2.3%
    2017
    $42,100
    $20.24
    +2.8%

    How Much Do Construction Inspectors Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a construction inspector can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for construction inspectors tend to be found in professional, construction, and technology companies. In fact, construction inspectors can make a yearly salary of $55,496 while working for professional companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Construction Inspector SalaryConstruction Inspector Salary Range
    1Professional
    $55,496
    $38k
    $65k
    2Construction
    $54,472
    $38k
    $65k
    3Technology
    $53,786
    $38k
    $65k
    4Energy
    $49,906
    $38k
    $65k
    5Government
    $47,334
    $38k
    $65k

    High Paying Construction Inspector Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Prestressed Concrete Labour

    Avg. salary: $31,599

    Prestressed concrete labor works at construction sites where they are in charge of handling and processing prestressed concrete materials into structural forms. They typically coordinate with managers and engineers to learn the construction plans and guidelines, design and build structures, prepare materials, and perform corrective measures when necessary. They must also maintain an active communication line with staff, coordinating regularly. Moreover, prestressed concrete labor must abide by the construction site's safety policies and regulations for a safe and efficient work environment.
    9,823 Prestressed Concrete Labour Jobs
    Concrete Finisher

    Avg. salary: $38,635

    A concrete finisher is responsible for smoothing out concrete surfaces, ensuring that the final result followed the design and client's specifications. Concrete finishers operate special construction equipment to stabilize concrete forms. They also analyze blueprints and construction plans to identify necessary techniques and adjustments to deliver a high-quality project. A concrete finisher must also observe strict safety guidelines and procedures for doing the task and making sure that all tools are maintained. A concrete finisher must show excellent time-management, as well as the ability to multi-task to perform duties within a fast-paced environment.
    8,452 Concrete Finisher Jobs
    General Foreman

    Avg. salary: $64,024

    Using their knowledge and expertise of all construction disciplines, a general foreman plans and oversees operations within a construction site to ensure that everything is running smoothly. They are typically in charge of conducting regular inspections, coordinating with engineers and architects, managing the budget and expenditures, supervising workers, and ensuring that the project moves according to the desired time frame. Furthermore, a general foreman implements all safety regulations and policies to ensure a safe and productive work environment for everyone.
    62,372 General Foreman Jobs
    Project Supervisor

    Avg. salary: $71,349

    A project supervisor is someone employed in industries like engineering, construction, manufacturing, as well as design and marketing industries to coordinate all aspects of a project. Common duties include participating in project planning, acting as a communication liaison, coordinating labor needs, and training employees. They meet with the account manager to assess and understand the client's needs and budget for the project. Together with the supply chain manager, they facilitate the purchasing and delivery of supplies needed to complete the project. Additionally, they make sure the project is completed on time and within budget.
    43,816 Project Supervisor Jobs
    Finish Carpenter

    Avg. salary: $41,833

    Finish carpenters are skilled professionals who perform the final touches on homes after the structure is fully built. These carpenters must carry out various tasks such as installing doors, building bookshelves, and adding designs to window and door trims. They are required to follow work from sketches and drawings to complete the job to the right specifications as well as collecting the correct materials before beginning a job. Finish carpenters must also dismantle and demolish before carrying out repairs or installing new materials.
    2,679 Finish Carpenter Jobs
    Lead Carpenter

    Avg. salary: $46,742

    A lead carpenter is responsible for monitoring field carpenters on performing construction duties, analyzing schematics and blueprints, following clients' specifications, completing the project within the agreed timeframe, and maintaining materials with the budget goals, ensuring the highest quality and client's satisfaction. Lead carpenters regularly inspect the project, perform adjustments as needed, repair defects and inconsistencies, and adhere to the safety standards and protocols during operations. A lead carpenter must have excellent knowledge of the carpentry industry to handle clients' demands and efficiently create the finished product.
    4,439 Lead Carpenter Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Prestressed Concrete Labour
    $31,600
    $2,633
    $15.19
    9,823
    Concrete Finisher
    $38,636
    $3,220
    $18.57
    8,452
    General Foreman
    $64,025
    $5,335
    $30.78
    62,372
    Project Supervisor
    $71,349
    $5,946
    $34.30
    43,816
    Finish Carpenter
    $41,833
    $3,486
    $20.11
    2,679
    Lead Carpenter
    $46,743
    $3,895
    $22.47
    4,439
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    Construction Inspector Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a construction inspector can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Construction Inspectors The Most?

    To earn a high income as a construction inspector, working for Carollo Engineers or Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like DLZ and Stantec report highly competitive wages for construction inspectors.
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    Recently Added Construction Inspector Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    City of Iowa City
    Construction Inspector I
    Construction Inspector I
    Iowa City, IA
    08/31/2021
    $50,482
    08/31/2021
    City of Orlando
    Construction Inspector II-Building
    Construction Inspector II-Building
    Orlando, FL
    08/28/2021
    $50,190
    08/28/2021
    State of Hawaii
    Building Construction Inspector I-Oahu
    Building Construction Inspector I-Oahu
    Urban Honolulu, HI
    08/27/2021
    $44,496
    08/27/2021
    Prince William County Government
    Construction Inspector-Plumbing
    Construction Inspector-Plumbing
    Woodbridge, VA
    08/24/2021
    $46,157
    08/24/2021
    City of Denver
    Construction Inspector-Community Planning & Development
    Construction Inspector-Community Planning & Development
    Denver, CO
    08/22/2021
    $61,754
    08/22/2021
    State of Oregon
    Construction Inspector 3
    Construction Inspector 3
    Pendleton, OR
    08/21/2021
    $46,596
    08/21/2021
    City of Pittsburgh
    Inspector, Construction Code (Repost)
    Inspector, Construction Code (Repost)
    Pittsburgh, PA
    08/20/2021
    $51,314
    08/20/2021
    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    Transportation Construction Inspector
    Transportation Construction Inspector
    Harrisburg, PA
    08/20/2021
    $39,902
    08/20/2021
    City of Atlanta, Ga
    Construction Inspector
    Construction Inspector
    Atlanta, GA
    08/19/2021
    $33,000
    08/19/2021
    City of San Antonio
    Construction Inspector II
    Construction Inspector II
    San Antonio, TX
    08/19/2021
    $46,999
    08/19/2021

    Average Construction Inspector Salary by Demographic

    Construction Inspector Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $45,382
    female-income
    Female Income
    $43,653
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$45,382
    Female$43,653
    Median Construction Inspector Income by Race
    Asian construction inspectors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian construction inspectors have the lowest average salary at $43,681.
    $50,000
    $40,000
    $30,000
    $20,000
    $10,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$44,833
    Black or African American$44,485
    Asian$45,460
    Hispanic or Latino$44,129
    Average Construction Inspector Salary by Education Level
    Construction inspectors with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $46,877 annually. With a Bachelors degree, construction inspectors earn a median annual income of $46,450 compared to $45,817 for construction inspectors with an Associate degree.
    $50,000
    $40,000
    $30,000
    $20,000
    $10,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$45,382
    Master's Degree$46,877
    Bachelor's Degree$46,450
    Some College/ Associate Degree$45,817