The top 10 percent of all house inspectors earned annual salaries over $82,870, according to May 2011 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These professionals, who are part of a group called construction and building inspectors, primarily inspect newly built or existing homes for structural, electrical or other building code issues. Their reports are then used to determine the values of homes, and whether they are suitable for habitation.
Average Salary & Benefits:
House inspectors earned average annual salaries of $54,970, according to the BLS. Their pay is largely based on experience, employer size and the geographical area where they work. The middle half made between $41,050 and $67,640 per year, and the lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,080 annually. House inspectors who are employed by construction companies and other firms can usually expect health insurance, paid vacations and holidays and retirement savings plans. The 11 percent who are self-employed pay for their own benefits.
Salary by Industry:
A house inspector's salary can vary considerably by industry. They earned some of the highest annual salaries -- $71,900 -- working for electric and power companies, according to the BLS. Those working for natural gas distributors made $67,420 per year. These professional inspectors earned $65,440 per year working for the federal government. About 46 percent of all house inspectors worked for municipal governments. Their annual salaries were $55,250 per year, or about in the middle compared to other employers. House inspectors employed by architectural, engineering and construction firms earned salaries of $53,460 annually.
Salary by State:
House inspectors earned the highest annual salaries in the District of Columbia, $81,930, according to the BLS. They also earned considerably high incomes in California and the state of Washington: $71,300 and $64,230 per year, respectively. Those in Florida earned $53,410 annually, which is close to the national average of $54,970. Pennsylvania house inspectors made $48,100 per year.
Education & Training:
The minimum educational requirement for a house inspector is a high school degree, according to the BLS. However, many employers expecting these professionals to have associates' degrees and to have taken courses in home inspection, construction technology and drafting. A certificate in home inspection may suffice in lieu of a degree, and some employers hire candidates with bachelors' degrees instead of experience.
The number of jobs for house inspectors is expected to grow by 18 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS. This growth rate is slightly above the national average of 14 percent. Jobs will spurred by the increasing public demand for safety in homes. Employment opportunities should also be plentiful in areas with high population increases.