Average Hourly Wage of Building Inspectors, By State

This is the 13th installment of Construction Junkie's weekly analysis of the hourly wages of each individual construction profession by state.  The three previous professions we examined were construction managers, construction superintendents, and iron & steel workers.  You can also see the full list of all past and future professions by clicking here.

Construction superintendents may not like it when the building inspector comes on site and hands out red cards, but inspectors perform important tasks that make sure our buildings were constructed to code and are safe for the public.

At minimum, building inspectors typically require a high school diploma, but many states also require them to have additional certifications or licenses.

Below you'll find a breakout of how each state compensates their building inspectors. All data below comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s most recent reports from May 2016. 

Graph of Average Hourly Wage of a Building Inspector by State

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Rankings of Average Hourly Wage of a Building Inspector, by State

51. North Dakota  --  Data Unavailable

50. Montana  --  $21.25/hour

49. Arkansas  --  $22.16/hour

48. Indiana  --  $22.49/hour

47. Tennessee  --  $22.56/hour

46. South Dakota  --  $22.94/hour

45. West Virginia  --  $22.97/hour

44. Mississippi  --  $23.28/hour

43. Maine  --  $23.34/hour

42. Oklahoma--$23.79/hour

41. New Mexico  --  $24.13/hour

40. Kentucky  --  $24.20/hour

39. South Carolina  --  $24.32/hour

38. Wyoming  --  $24.48/hour

37. Georgia  --  $24.53/hour

36. Missouri  --  $24.76/hour

35. Pennsylvania  --  $25.07/hour

34. North Carolina  --  $25.24/hour

33. Vermont  --  $25.25/hour

32. Nebraska  --  $25.59/hour

31. Alabama  --  $25.59/hour

30. New Hampshire  --  $25.69/hour

29. Idaho  --  $26.17/hour

28. Ohio  --  $26.28/hour

27. Kansas  --  $26.38/hour

26. Wisconsin  --  $26.54/hour

25. Michigan  --  $26.65/hour

24. Texas  --  $26.71/hour

23. Delaware  --  $26.72/hour

22. Arizona  --  $26.89/hour

21. Maryland  --  $27.25/hour

20. Rhode Island  --  $27.53/hour

19. Iowa  --  $27.64/hour

18. Florida  --  $27.83/hour

17. Louisiana  --  $28.47/hour

16. Utah  --  $28.72/hour

15. Virginia  --  $28.79/hour

14. Hawaii  --  $30.08/hour

13. Massachusetts  --  $30.24/hour

12. Illinois  --  $30.60/hour

11. Minnesota  --  $31.52/hour

10. Colorado  --  $31.54/hour

9. New York  --  $31.64/hour

8. Oregon  --  $31.66/hour

7. Connecticut  --  $32.22/hour

6. New Jersey  --  $32.44/hour

5. Washington  --  $35.26/hour

4. Nevada  --  $35.89/hour

3. California  --  $40.24/hour

2. Alaska  --  $41.57/hour

1. District of Columbia  --  $42.15/hour

Graph of Average Hourly Wage of a Building Inspector - Adjusted for Cost of Living, by State

Cost of living in each state also has a large impact on the amount of money construction trades actually bring home, so the graph below shows each state's adjusted hourly wage based upon the cost of living index for that state.  All cost of living index data comes from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and was last updated for the second quarter of 2017.  The cost of living index was based upon grocery, housing, utilities, transportation, health, and miscellaneous costs for each state. 

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Rankings of Average Hourly Wage of a Building Inspector- Adjusted for Cost of Living, by State

51. North Dakota  --  Data Unavailable

50. Hawaii  --  $10.11/hour

49. District of Columbia  --  $19.64/hour

48. Maryland  --  $19.89/hour

47. Maine  --  $20.61/hour

46. Massachusetts  --  $21.02/hour

45. Montana  --  $21.10/hour

44. Rhode Island  --  $21.39/hour

43. Oregon  --  $21.62/hour

42. New York--$21.64/hour

41. California  --  $21.89/hour

40. New Hampshire  --  $22.61/hour

39. South Dakota  --  $23.03/hour

38. West Virginia  --  $23.91/hour

37. Vermont  --  $24.52/hour

36. Indiana  --  $24.56/hour

35. South Carolina  --  $24.66/hour

34. Pennsylvania  --  $24.67/hour

33. Tennessee  --  $24.95/hour

32. Arkansas  --  $24.95/hour

31. New Jersey  --  $25.14/hour

30. Wyoming  --  $25.34/hour

29. New Mexico  --  $25.55/hour

28. Kentucky  --  $25.82/hour

27. Delaware  --  $26.13/hour

26. Oklahoma  --  $26.22/hour

25. North Carolina  --  $26.60/hour

24. Mississippi  --  $26.66/hour

23. Georgia  --  $26.84/hour

22. Connecticut  --  $26.90/hour

21. Wisconsin  --  $27.23/hour

20. Missouri  --  $27.26/hour

19. Nebraska  --  $27.69/hour

18. Arizona  --  $27.83/hour

17. Alabama  --  $27.97/hour

16. Virginia  --  $28.16/hour

15. Florida  --  $28.25/hour

14. Ohio  --  $28.30/hour

13. Idaho  --  $28.45/hour

12. Alaska  --  $28.93/hour

11. Kansas  --  $29.10/hour

10. Texas  --  $29.22/hour

9. Michigan  --  $29.24/hour

8. Iowa  --  $29.88/hour

7. Louisiana  --  $30.01/hour

6. Utah  --  $30.07/hour

5. Colorado  --  $30.63/hour

4. Illinois  --  $31.46/hour

3. Minnesota  --  $31.58/hour

2. Washington  --  $32.44/hour

1. Nevada  --  $33.95/hour