Occupational Employment Statistics


47-4011 Construction and Building Inspectors

Inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 605$34.32/hr$26.18/hr$28.79/hr$33.10/hr$39.44/hr$46.24/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services340$31.15/hr
Education and Health Services20$41.80/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration910$36.89/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State 10$30.05/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$32.08/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 20$36.94/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 30$34.65/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 30$35.17/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 40$34.72/hr6.3%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$30.91/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 40$33.11/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 40$29.66/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 60$33.10/hr4.8%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 60$22.57/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 80$23.31/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 100$23.92/hr6.4%
Northeast Minnesota 110$34.29/hr7.0%
Central Minnesota 130$34.24/hr19.6%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 130$32.68/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 860$37.51/hr11.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 950$37.21/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,310$35.55/hr10.0%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Fire Inspectors and Investigators 120$36.34/hr7.5%
Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians 2,220$31.64/hr9.6%
Traffic Technicians 30$32.14/hrN/A

  • Maintain daily logs and supplement inspection records with photographs.
  • Inspect facilities or installations to determine their environmental impact.
  • Inspect bridges, dams, highways, buildings, wiring, plumbing, electrical circuits, sewers, heating systems, or foundations during and after construction for structural quality, general safety, or conformance to specifications and codes.
  • Evaluate project details to ensure adherence to environmental regulations.
  • Review and interpret plans, blueprints, site layouts, specifications, or construction methods to ensure compliance to legal requirements and safety regulations.
  • Conduct inspections, using survey instruments, metering devices, tape measures, or test equipment.
  • Measure dimensions and verify level, alignment, or elevation of structures or fixtures to ensure compliance to building plans and codes.
  • Monitor installation of plumbing, wiring, equipment, or appliances to ensure that installation is performed properly and is in compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Confer with owners, violators, or authorities to explain regulations or recommend remedial actions.
  • Conduct inspections, using survey instruments, metering devices, tape measures, or test equipment.