House inspectors, also known as home inspectors and construction and building inspectors, examine buildings and structures to ensure that they meet certain standards of quality. They must determine that the structures they examine are in compliance with building codes, zoning regulations and other specifications. House inspectors are often self-employed and work alone; however, sometimes they are employed by government agencies, contractors or construction companies.
Average Annual Income
The average salary of a house inspector is approximately $50,000 per year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2008 house inspectors earned an average annual income of between $39,070 and $63,360. The highest 10 percent made than $78,070. The lowest 10 percent reported less than $31,270.
Types of Industries
There are several different industries house inspectors can work in. The type of industry a house inspector is employed by can effect their income significantly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2008 inspectors working for the Federal Executive Branch were the highest earners, making a median annual income of $62,120. Inspectors working for a state government were the lowest earners, making a median annual income of $45,700.
Job opportunities and pay can vary greatly depending on the region. Alaska employs less than 300 inspectors, whereas California employs over 10,000. Alaska and California are also the top paying regions, along with the District of Columbia. House inspectors in these regions earn more than $63,000 per year on average.
Job prospects for inspectors are good. Even during tough economic times when new construction and home building slows down, inspectors are not likely to lose their jobs because they are involved with all aspects of construction, and often inspect existing buildings and homes that are undergoing renovations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for inspectors are expected to grow by 17 between 2008 and 2018.
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