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CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING INSPECTION CAREER INFORMATION

Construction Inspection


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Construction and building inspectors ensure that new construction, changes, or repairs comply with local and national building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications.

Duties: Construction and building inspectors typically do the following:

  • Review and approve plans that meet building codes, local ordinances, and zoning regulations
  • Inspect and monitor construction sites to ensure overall compliance
  • Use survey instruments, metering devices, and test equipment to perform inspections
  • Monitor installation of plumbing, electrical, and other systems to ensure that the building meets codes
  • Verify level, alignment, and elevation of structures and fixtures to ensure building compliance
  • Issue violation notices and stop-work orders until building is compliant
  • Keep daily logs, including photographs taken during inspection
Construction and building inspectors examine buildings, highways and streets, sewer and water systems, dams, bridges, and other structures. They also inspect electrical; heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR); and plumbing systems. Although no two inspections are alike, inspectors do an initial check during the first phase of construction and follow-up inspections throughout the construction project. When the project is finished, they do a final, comprehensive inspection.          

 

OUTLOOK & WAGE DATA

United States

Employment

Percent 
Change

Job Openings

2010

2020

Construction and Building Inspectors

102,400

120,800

+18%

4,860

California

Employment

Percent 
Change

Job Openings

2008

2018

Construction and Building Inspectors

11,400

13,100

+15%

410

Wage Data

Pay
Period

2010

10%

25%

Median

75%

90%

United States

Hourly

$15.37

$19.55

$25.18

$31.76

$38.97

Yearly

$32,000

$40,700

$52,400

$66,100

$81,100

California

Hourly

$19.27

$26.70

$33.66

$41.34

$48.87

Yearly

$40,100

$55,500

$70,000

$86,000

$101,600

Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.

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State and National Trends
Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.
Note: The data for the State Employment Trends and the National Employment Trends are not directly comparable. The projections period for state data is 2008-2018, while the projections period for national data is 2010-2020.
projections period for national data is 2010-2020.

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National Data Source: 
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections

 CA.gov logo State Data Source: 
California Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information Division

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