Updated December 12, 2022

Average Construction Inspector Salary

$52,306yearly

$25.15 hourly

Entry level Salary
$36,000 yearly
$36,000
10%
$52,306
Median
$75,000
90%

How much does a Construction Inspector make?

Construction inspectors make $52,306 per year on average, or $25.15 per hour, in the United States. Construction inspectors on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $36,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $75,000.

Location impacts how much a construction inspector can expect to make. Construction inspectors make the most in California, Montana, Washington, South Dakota, and New Jersey.

Highest Paying States For Construction Inspectors

While a construction inspector can average a salary of $52,306 per year, or $25.15 per hour, there are many opportunities for construction inspectors to make more. For example, in Oakland, CA you might make $81,265 per year. Other high-paying locations include Olympia, WA, Chicago, IL and Las Vegas, NV. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Oakland, CA where the average starting salary is $55,000. The highest paying states for construction inspectors include California, Montana and Washington. Meanwhile, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Louisiana offer the lowest salaries.
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Construction Inspector average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1Montana$74,050$35.60114
2South Dakota$71,549$34.4082
3Maine$63,881$30.71120
4Nevada$64,091$30.81154
5California$77,718$37.361,623
6North Dakota$59,369$28.5488
7West Virginia$62,611$30.1088
8Washington$72,638$34.92355
9Wyoming$58,171$27.9750
10Vermont$60,863$29.2665
11Iowa$58,402$28.08228
12Utah$60,919$29.29181
13New Hampshire$58,464$28.11138
14New Jersey$70,987$34.13296
15Delaware$62,977$30.2866
16Connecticut$64,700$31.11161
17Rhode Island$63,715$30.6350
18Colorado$57,674$27.73424
19Illinois$64,215$30.87493
20Alaska$56,918$27.3650
21Kansas$58,184$27.97140
22Michigan$55,935$26.89402
23North Carolina$53,399$25.67628
24Missouri$57,847$27.81252
25New Mexico$55,492$26.68107
26Ohio$53,666$25.80563
27Oregon$56,791$27.30226
28Idaho$50,590$24.32123
29New York$60,340$29.01610
30Hawaii$58,366$28.0652
31Minnesota$56,643$27.23311
32Tennessee$48,733$23.43382
33Mississippi$48,674$23.40147
34Massachusetts$58,762$28.25403
35Arkansas$52,900$25.43114
36Alabama$48,675$23.40246
37Nebraska$48,460$23.30137
38Indiana$47,456$22.82425
39Florida$46,693$22.451,025
40South Carolina$45,513$21.88293
41Texas$47,338$22.761,143
42Maryland$50,571$24.31348
43Virginia$46,742$22.47576
44Arizona$43,898$21.10360
45Pennsylvania$45,164$21.71639
46District of Columbia$46,799$22.5085
47Georgia$39,862$19.16656
48Wisconsin$43,686$21.00276
49Louisiana$43,146$20.74172
50Kentucky$36,821$17.70198
51Oklahoma$42,755$20.56125

Highest Paying Cities For Construction Inspectors

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Oakland, CA$81,265$39.07
2Olympia, WA$73,297$35.24
3Chicago, IL$64,338$30.93
4Las Vegas, NV$63,713$30.63
5Providence, RI$63,625$30.59
6New York, NY$60,438$29.06
7Urban Honolulu, HI$58,397$28.08
8Kansas City, KS$58,100$27.93
9Kansas City, MO$57,907$27.84
10Colorado Springs, CO$57,728$27.75
11Portland, OR$56,634$27.23
12Albuquerque, NM$55,602$26.73
13Raleigh, NC$53,821$25.88
14Columbus, OH$53,207$25.58
15Little Rock, AR$52,967$25.46

Construction Inspector Salary 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. An accountant with 0-2 years of experience earns an average salary of $43,537, a mid-career professional with 3-6 years of experience makes $52,306 a year on average, and a senior level accountant with 7-12 years of experience enjoys an average annual salary of $68,794. 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.

Construction Inspectors Salary Details

Average Construction Inspector Salary Graph
Average Construction Inspector Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Construction Inspector's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$75,000$6,250$36
75th Percentile$63,000$5,250$30
Average$52,306$4,359$25
25th Percentile$43,000$3,583$21
10th Percentile$36,000$3,000$17

Highest Paying Types of Construction Inspectors

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Prestressed Concrete Labour$34,147$2,846$16.4227,259
Concrete Finisher$40,674$3,389$19.5515,309
General Foreman$48,517$4,043$23.3349,875
Project Supervisor$53,609$4,467$25.7720,450
Finish Carpenter$46,987$3,916$22.5911,653
Lead Carpenter$49,228$4,102$23.676,359

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Parsons Jobs (65)
  2. Hill International Jobs (16)
  3. AECOM Jobs (31)
  4. HDR Jobs (33)
  5. Stantec Jobs (14)

Which Companies Pay Construction Inspectors The Most?

The highest paying companies for construction inspectors are Orange County Sanitation District and Santa Clara Valley Water District according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Parsons and STV Group report highly competitive wages for construction inspectors.
RankCompanyAverage SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
1Orange County Sanitation District$95,396$45.86
2Santa Clara Valley Water District$93,834$45.11
3Parsons$84,301$40.53281
4STV Group$77,302$37.16101
5University of California, Berkeley$75,744$36.42
6Hill International$72,916$35.0627
7Jacobs Engineering Group$72,610$34.91
8Ramboll$71,121$34.192
9University of California$70,044$33.6711
10Arcadis$69,035$33.1941
11Crown Castle International$67,355$32.3825
12T.Y. Lin International$66,681$32.0626
13Civil & Environmental Consultants$66,296$31.87
14Intertek$66,001$31.73222
15Gannett Fleming$65,793$31.6353
16AECOM$65,397$31.44287
17City of Detroit$64,968$31.2318
18Black & Veatch$64,936$31.22164
19HDR$64,490$31.0047
20Environmental Design Group$64,477$31.005

How Much Do Construction Inspectors Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a construction inspector salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The professional industry pays construction inspectors an average salary of $62,629

  2. The technology industry pay $61,705

  3. The lowest paying industry for construction inspectors is the government industry. Construction inspectors in this industry earn an average salary of $51,663

Highest Paying Industries For Construction Inspectors

RankIndustryAverage SalaryHourly Rate
1Professional$62,629$30.11
2Technology$61,705$29.67
3Construction$60,177$28.93
4Government$51,663$24.84

High Paying Construction Inspector Jobs

Construction Inspector Pay Trends

Average Construction Inspector Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Construction Inspector Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2023$52,300$25.15+3.4%
    2022$50,500$24.29+1.7%
    2021$49,700$23.88+1.0%
    2020$49,200$23.64+1.0%
    2019$48,700$23.39+1.9%

    Recently Added Construction Inspector Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Gannett FlemingConstruction InspectorFine, NY11/24/2022$52,175
    Urban Engineers, Inc.Transportation Construction Inspector Supervisor (Tcis)Philadelphia, PA11/24/2022$61,733
    Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)Facilities Construction Inspector IILaurel, MD11/24/2022$59,813
    University of Nebraska Medical CenterConstruction InspectorOmaha, NE11/24/2022$56,100
    ActalentConstruction InspectorIndianapolis, IN11/24/2022$52,175
    University of NebraskaConstruction InspectorOmaha, NE11/23/2022$56,100
    TRC Companies, Inc.Senior Construction Inspector-NysdotNew York, NY11/22/2022$83,480
    TRC Companies, Inc.Senior Construction Inspector-NysdotNew York, NY11/22/2022$83,480
    State of OregonConstruction Inspector 4Portland, OR11/19/2022$51,672
    Randstad UsRemote-Construction InspectorTempe, AZ11/18/2022$62,000

    Construction Inspector Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Construction Inspectors The Most?

    California pays Construction Inspectors the most in the United States, with an average salary of $77,718 per year, or $37.36 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As A Construction Inspector?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Construction Inspector if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Montana you should be paid close to $74,050 per year.

    What Type Of Construction Inspector Gets Paid The Most?

    Construction Manager gets paid the most. Construction Manager made a median salary of $81,313. The best-paid 10 percent make $99,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $66,000.

    Do Building Inspectors Make Good Money?

    Yes, building inspectors make good money. The median annual salary for construction and building inspectors is over $62,000. The lowest 10% of building inspectors earned less than $38,000. Meanwhile, the highest 10% earned more than $100,000.

    How Long Does It Take To Be A Construction Inspector?

    It takes about two to five years to become a construction inspector. A high school diploma is required to become a building inspector, but most employers may prefer that a person has either an associate's or bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture, or building inspection technology.

    What Type Of Inspector Makes The Most Money?

    Inspectors who make the most money are highly specialized with strong engineering backgrounds. Federal government inspectors earn similarly to private sector inspectors, while state inspectors are paid the least. Earnings vary based on seniority, education, and location.

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