Information About Construction And Building Inspectors

What is this career like?

SO, YOU WANT TO BE A HOME INSPECTOR— WHAT DO HOME INSPECTORS DO?


Does becoming a home inspector seem like a great thing to do? Yes, or maybe no. When I attended a home inspector school, one thing really stood out. The instructor stated that a new home inspector will spend twice as much time marketing their service as they do inspecting. I thought this was preposterous! My first year in business, I spent at least three quarters of my time marketing myself. Without customers, there is nothing to inspect!

On a typical day, I spend at least one hour marketing. Preparing for the days inspection takes at least an hour. On a good day, the inspection is close (no real drive time). Finally, there is the inspection. Typically, this takes from two to three hours. I then spend well over an hour getting the report completed. On a busy day, there can be two inspections.

Is the job easy? No. Do you meet lots of people? Yes. Is it satisfying? Yes, especially when you know you are helping people make one of the biggest decisions of their life.

Come join the fun... Just remember, no customers no inspection. Marketing, marketing, marketing.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A HOME INSPECTOR


A typical day starts with reading e-mails, inspection inquiries, scheduling, and answering questions. It typically takes over an hour to research and prepare for the upcoming inspection. The inspection usually takes over two hours. This includes climbing ladders, crawling in crawlspaces, and answering questions. Another hour is spent preparing the report. On a busy day, this process can happen twice. It's a fun, challenging occupation

Training

Construction and building inspectors need work experience in a related occupation.

Degrees for Construction and building inspectors
Training for Construction And Building Inspectors
Percent
Less than High School 3.1
High School 27.0
Some College 32.7
Associates Degree 12.8
Bachelors Degree 21.4
Masters Degree 2.7
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.4

Employment

Represents about 106,000 people in the United States- 7.5% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 17,000 more construction and building inspectors but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 39,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, construction and building inspectors make $26.43 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Construction and building inspectors $15.40 $19.70 $25.50 $32.50 $39.80
Construction and extraction occupations $11.00 $14.20 $19.10 $26.90 $35.30
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, construction and building inspectors make $54,970 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Construction and building inspectors $32,080 $41,050 $53,180 $67,640 $82,870
Construction and extraction occupations $23,050 $29,720 $39,820 $56,130 $73,530
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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