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Inspector Demographics in the US

The average employee age for inspectors is 44 years. The inspector workforce reached a whopping 458,649 in 2020!

Among inspectors, we discovered that 39.0% of them are women, while 56.6% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among inspectors is White, which makes up 59.5% of all inspectors. Comparatively, there are 18.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of inspectors are located in TX, Houston and NY, New York.

Inspector Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 458,649 inspectors currently employed in the United States.
  • 39.0% of all inspectors are women, while only 56.6% are men.
  • The average age of an employed inspector is 44 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of inspectors is White (59.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (18.3%) and Black or African American (11.2%).
  • The majority of inspectors are located in TX, Houston and NY, New York.
  • Inspectors are most in-demand in Houston, TX.
  • Inspectors are paid an average annual salary of $33,261.
  • The technology industry is the highest-paying for inspectors.
  • San Antonio, TX pays an annual average wage of $43,775, the highest in the US.
  • Inspectors average starting salary is $22,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 87% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid inspectors earn as much as $48,000 or more.
  • 7% of all inspectors are LGBT.
  • Texas is the best state for inspectors to live.
  • Inspectors are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Inspector Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among inspectors is White, which makes up 59.5% of all inspectors. Comparatively, there are 18.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 59.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 18.3%
  • Black or African American, 11.2%
  • Asian, 7.8%
  • Unknown, 2.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.7%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Inspectors

The chart below shows that 68.8% of inspectors speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 6.9% and Arabic is the third-most popular at 3.5%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 68.8%
  • French, 6.9%
  • Arabic, 3.5%
  • German, 2.9%
  • Portuguese, 2.6%
  • Other, 15.3%

Types of Inspector Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for inspectors. The most common degree for inspectors is high school diploma. In fact, 25% of inspectors earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 20% and rounding it off is associate degree with 15%.

Job Title
  • High School Diploma degree, 25%
  • Bachelors degree, 20%
  • Associate degree, 15%
  • Diploma degree, 8%
  • Other Degrees, 32%

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Inspector Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among inspectors.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Inspector Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the inspector position over time.

Male
Female
67%
64%
61%
58%
55%
52%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Inspector Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of inspectors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of an Inspector Based On Race And Gender

We determined the average age of inspectors based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

The Average Number of Years That Inspector Stay in a Job

By looking over 52,667 inspectors resumes, we figured out that the average inspector enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 35%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Inspector Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of inspector employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of inspectors is 40+ years old, which represents 63% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Inspector Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, brick maker and furnace helper have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Screen Examiner7%88%
Cake Decorator11%85%
Garment Inspector12%86%
Inspector57%39%
Greaser95%3%
Furnace Helper95%2%
Brick Maker97%3%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Brick Maker
Furnace Helper
Greaser
Inspector
Garment Inspector
Cake Decorator
Screen Examiner
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Inspectors with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to inspectors.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Concrete Mixer2.12%
Stiffener3.55%
Loading Dock Helper5.36%
Inspector6.92%
Flake Cutter Operator8.07%
Lead Oxide Mill Tender8.73%
Optical Goods Worker14.84%

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Inspector Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$32,548
female-income
Female Income
$28,171

Inspector Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and White men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$37,150
$35,459
$33,768
$32,077
$30,387
$28,696
$27,005
$25,314
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Inspector Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
High School Diploma or Less$33,768
Some College/ Associate Degree$37,284
Bachelor's Degree$39,850
Master's Degree$47,498

Inspector Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$51,572
$47,498
$43,423
$39,349
$35,275
$31,201
$27,127
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

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Inspector Heatmaps

The amount you can make as an inspector can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of inspectors is $53,467. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Inspectors Earn The Most?

The map here shows where inspectors earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Inspectors Located?

By looking through more than 52,667 resumes, we found that the most popular places for inspectors are TX, Houston and NY, New York.

Number of Inspectors

Where Are Inspectors In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country inspectors are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Inspector Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ inspectors. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most inspectors is the manufacturing industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire inspectors.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Inspector Work In

Employees with the inspector job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most inspectors prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Private

Public

Government

Top Industries Hiring Inspectors

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ inspectors. Those industries include manufacturing, retail and automotive.

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Manufacturing

Fortune 500

Retail

Automotive

Technology