Code inspectors ensure that buildings, transit systems and other facilities comply with legal codes designed to ensure safety. While most code inspectors work for various government agencies, some find employment in the private sector. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports data for several categories of code inspectors.
Agricultural inspectors ensure that agricultural, fishing and logging facilities comply with all legal statutes. According to the BLS, approximately 13,780 agricultural inspectors were employed in the U.S. as of May 2011 and earned an average annual salary of $42,120. Federal agricultural inspectors averaged $46,210 per year, state inspectors averaged $39,610 per year, and those working for local governments earned an average of $50,820 per year. The median of all salaries reported by workers in this occupation was $41,390.
Transportation inspectors make sure that public transit systems and rail transit systems are safe and in compliance with code. Approximately 24,810 were employed as of May 2011. The BLS reports that the average annual salary for transportation inspectors was $65,770, while the median salary reported was $62,230 per year. Those who worked for the federal government averaged $101,440 per year, state inspectors averaged $46,920 per year, and local inspectors earned an annual average of $62,460.
Construction and Building Inspectors:
Construction and building inspectors ensure the structural soundness of buildings, as well as the safety of electrical, plumbing and other systems. Approximately 89,620 were employed as of May 2011, earning an average annual salary of $54,970. The median of all reported salaries for this occupation was $53,180. Federal construction and building inspectors earned an average of $65,440 per year, state inspectors averaged $50,290 per year, and local construction and building inspectors earned an average of $55,250 per year.
Fire inspectors examine buildings to ensure that they are safe and in compliance with laws pertaining to fire safety. The BLS estimates that 12,560 fire inspectors worked in the United States as of May 2011, earning an average of $57,100 per year. State fire inspectors earned an average of $48,640 per year, and those employed by local governments reported an average annual salary of $58,820. Fire inspectors employed by insurance agencies and brokerages received the highest average income, at $74,050 per year.