Updated August 18, 2021
Average Inspector Salary
$15.99 hourly
$33,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$22,000 yearly
$22,000
10 %
$33,000
Median
$48,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$48,000
$4,000
$23
75th Percentile
$40,000
$3,333
$19
Average
$33,261
$2,772
$16
25th Percentile
$27,000
$2,250
$13
10th Percentile
$22,000
$1,833
$11

Average Inspector Salary By State

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Inspector average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$27,348
$13.15
Alaska
$35,167
$16.91
Arizona
$36,003
$17.31
Arkansas
$30,411
$14.62
California
$42,362
$20.37
Colorado
$35,458
$17.05
Connecticut
$39,715
$19.09
Delaware
$35,236
$16.94
District of Columbia
$32,940
$15.84
Florida
$33,303
$16.01
Georgia
$31,145
$14.97
Hawaii
$32,647
$15.70
Idaho
$27,821
$13.38
Illinois
$31,570
$15.18
Indiana
$29,929
$14.39
Iowa
$32,914
$15.82
Kansas
$32,575
$15.66
Kentucky
$30,917
$14.86
Louisiana
$50,757
$24.40
Maine
$35,870
$17.25
Maryland
$40,197
$19.33
Massachusetts
$36,924
$17.75
Michigan
$28,392
$13.65
Minnesota
$35,284
$16.96
Mississippi
$31,401
$15.10
Missouri
$29,803
$14.33
Montana
$25,162
$12.10
Nebraska
$32,180
$15.47
Nevada
$36,278
$17.44
New Hampshire
$35,639
$17.13
New Jersey
$34,072
$16.38
New Mexico
$38,655
$18.58
New York
$40,387
$19.42
North Carolina
$26,968
$12.97
North Dakota
$31,632
$15.21
Ohio
$30,772
$14.79
Oklahoma
$33,131
$15.93
Oregon
$31,295
$15.05
Pennsylvania
$33,956
$16.32
Rhode Island
$36,776
$17.68
South Carolina
$27,176
$13.07
South Dakota
$25,346
$12.19
Tennessee
$27,929
$13.43
Texas
$41,636
$20.02
Utah
$31,495
$15.14
Vermont
$32,850
$15.79
Virginia
$36,730
$17.66
Washington
$34,925
$16.79
West Virginia
$31,586
$15.19
Wisconsin
$31,840
$15.31
Wyoming
$35,928
$17.27

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Highest Paying Cities For Inspector

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
San Antonio, TX
$43,775
$21.05
Los Angeles, CA
$41,940
$20.16
New York, NY
$40,567
$19.50
Danbury, CT
$39,685
$19.08
New Bedford, MA
$38,310
$18.42
Pueblo, CO
$36,415
$17.51

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How much does an Inspector make?

  • The average inspector makes $33,261 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for an inspector is $15.99.
  • The average entry-level inspector salary is $22,000.
  • Highest paying states for inspector are Louisiana ($50,757), California ($42,362), Texas ($50,757) and New York ($50,757).
  • Highest paying cities for inspector are San Antonio, TX ($43,775), Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, Danbury, CT and New Bedford, MA.
  • Inspectors on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $22,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $48,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $40,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $27,000
  • Industries with the highest inspector salaries are technology, automotive and manufacturing.

Average Inspector Salary Over Time

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

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $33,300
    $15.99
    +2.4%
    2020
    $32,500
    $15.61
    +1.5%
    2019
    $32,000
    $15.38
    +2.1%
    2018
    $31,300
    $15.05
    +1.9%
    2017
    $30,700
    $14.77
    +1.1%

    How Much Do Inspectors Make In Different Industries?

    Inspector salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with technology, automotive, and manufacturing companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, an inspector can make a yearly salary of $38,546 while working for technology companies. All the while, other inspectors are making $36,967 at automotive companies and $35,585 at manufacturing companies. One industry inspectors may want to avoid is the retail industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $32,951.
    RankIndustryAverage Inspector SalaryInspector Salary Range
    1Technology
    $38,546
    $29k
    $46k
    2Automotive
    $36,967
    $29k
    $46k
    3Manufacturing
    $35,585
    $29k
    $46k
    4Government
    $34,801
    $29k
    $46k
    5Retail
    $32,951
    $29k
    $46k

    High Paying Inspector Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Quality Assurance Inspector

    Avg. salary: $33,206

    Quality Assurance Auditors are employees who ensure the adherence of other employees to company processes and guidelines. They are expected to be experts on quality assurance processes and procedures. They also have in-depth knowledge of the expected outcomes of such processes to ensure that the company only provides quality products and services. Quality assurance auditors are also familiar with regulatory laws and policies of governing bodies that oversee companies in their particular industry. They ensure that their companies are compliant and may conduct random quality checks every now and then.
    62,353 Quality Assurance Inspector Jobs
    Quality Control Inspector

    Avg. salary: $32,014

    Quality control associate scientist roles require good observation, critical thinking, and communication skills, in addition to knowledge of procedures and chemistry. They assist in laboratory experiments and research, while working in a team or independently. Working with the lead scientist, associates may compile reports of their data findings.
    80,016 Quality Control Inspector Jobs
    Test Operator

    Avg. salary: $34,861

    The job of a test operator is to test the functionality of electronic components, assemblies, units, parts, and systems in a manner consistent with standard procedures. As a test operator, you will perform a variety of duties that include working with engineers to ensure accurate procedures are being followed, perform different mechanical assembly operations, and inspecting products for the correct orientation and placement. Additionally, you will assemble electronics in their boxes and notify the quality/test engineer if the test yields below the acceptable levels.
    47,056 Test Operator Jobs
    Construction Inspector

    Avg. salary: $44,848

    A construction inspector is a professional who is responsible for inspecting construction sites to ensure that these sites are following local and building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications. Construction inspectors use survey equipment, metering devices, and test equipment to perform inspections of plumbing, electrical and other systems within the construction. They approve building plans that are satisfactory and issue violation notices and stop orders when there are violations. Construction inspectors also keep photographs taken during inspections and provide written documentation.
    26,532 Construction Inspector Jobs
    Mechanical Inspector

    Avg. salary: $49,694

    Mechanical inspectors are skilled professionals who are responsible for inspecting the electrical, mechanical, and other systems for commercial and residential buildings. These inspectors are required to inspect equipment such as boilers, HVAC systems, and elevators to ensure they are properly functioning. They must ensure that the works done are following local regulations while investigating reports of code violations. Mechanical inspectors must also interpret engineering drawings and specification requirements while performing quality evaluations on materials to determine the acceptance of products.
    27,416 Mechanical Inspector Jobs
    Technical Inspector

    Avg. salary: $30,980

    The technical inspector is responsible for monitoring and ensuring operation meets standard. Skills required for this position include dexterity, math skills, and good physical strength. Education is a prerequisite for this post, and one must be cunning to deal with the public during an inspection.
    64,613 Technical Inspector Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Quality Assurance Inspector
    $33,207
    $2,767
    $15.96
    62,353
    Quality Control Inspector
    $32,014
    $2,668
    $15.39
    80,016
    Test Operator
    $34,862
    $2,905
    $16.76
    47,056
    Construction Inspector
    $44,848
    $3,737
    $21.56
    26,532
    Mechanical Inspector
    $49,695
    $4,141
    $23.89
    27,416
    Technical Inspector
    $30,981
    $2,582
    $14.89
    64,613
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    Inspector Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for an 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.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $24,600
    $11.83
    Mid Level
    $34,200
    $16.42
    Senior Level
    $53,500
    $25.71

    Which Companies Pay Inspectors The Most?

    To earn a high income as an inspector, working for Lockheed Martin or Northrop Grumman might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Raytheon Company and General Electric report highly competitive wages for inspectors.
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    Recently Added Inspector Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Inspector
    Aurora, IL
    08/31/2021
    $29,740
    08/31/2021
    Cresline Plastic Pipe Co., Inc.
    Inspector
    Inspector
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    08/31/2021
    $42,408
    08/31/2021
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    Automotive Inspector
    Automotive Inspector
    Princeton, IN
    08/30/2021
    $28,175
    08/30/2021
    Total Staffing Solutions
    Inspectors-for All Shifts
    Inspectors-for All Shifts
    Grand Prairie, TX
    08/30/2021
    $27,131
    08/30/2021
    Remedy Intelligent Staffing
    Inspector
    Inspector
    Marinette, WI
    08/30/2021
    $37,566
    08/30/2021
    Inspector
    Carol Stream, IL
    08/30/2021
    $27,131
    08/30/2021
    Road & Rail Services
    Railcar Prep/Inspector
    Railcar Prep/Inspector
    Georgetown, KY
    08/29/2021
    $40,000
    08/29/2021
    Road & Rail Services
    Railcar Prep/Inspector
    Railcar Prep/Inspector
    Wentzville, MO
    08/29/2021
    $35,479
    08/29/2021
    State of Colorado
    Temporary Watercraft Inspector & Decontaminator-Taylor Park Reservoir
    Temporary Watercraft Inspector & Decontaminator-Taylor Park Reservoir
    Denver, CO
    08/29/2021
    $27,131
    08/29/2021
    State of Arkansas
    Agri Inspector I
    Agri Inspector I
    Little Rock, AR
    08/29/2021
    $29,046
    08/29/2021

    Average Inspector Salary by Demographic

    Inspector Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $32,548
    female-income
    Female Income
    $28,171
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$32,548
    Female$28,171
    Median Inspector Income by Race
    Asian inspectors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino inspectors have the lowest average salary at $29,103.
    $35,000
    $28,000
    $21,000
    $14,000
    $7,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$30,994
    Black or African American$29,642
    Asian$31,498
    Hispanic or Latino$29,103
    Average Inspector Salary by Education Level
    Inspectors with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $45,782 annually. With a Bachelors degree, inspectors earn a median annual income of $38,410 compared to $35,937 for 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$32,548
    Master's Degree$45,782
    Bachelor's Degree$38,410
    Some College/ Associate Degree$35,937