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Fire Inspectors

Fire inspectors inspect structures and equipment to make sure they adhere to state and local fire codes. They may also collaborate with planners and developers to review and approve plans for new structures and to inspect buildings that are being constructed. Fire inspectors identify and review with property owners the corrective actions required to bring structures into compliance with fire codes, laws, regulations and standards.

Some sample job titles include fire marshal, fire safety inspector, fire prevention inspector, state fire marshal, fire official and deputy fire marshal.


  • Provide and explain fire prevention information and fire code requirements to contractors, architects, developers, engineers, fire service personnel and the general public
  • Inspect structures for fire code violations and hazardous conditions
  • Perform fire code compliance to make sure corrective actions have been taken in cases where violations were discovered
  • Attend training classes in order to stay current with fire safety and prevention issues and fire fighting procedures
  • Write reports regarding fire inspections performed, fire code violations and corrective recommendations offered
  • Inspect and test fire detection systems and fire protection systems to ensure they have been installed in accordance with applicable codes, laws, regulations, ordinances and standards
  • Develop or review fire exit plans
  • Perform inspection and acceptance testing of newly installed fire protection systems

Job Characteristics

They spend a lot of their time at sites performing inspections. They should be well organized and detailed oriented. A fire inspector also needs good interpersonal and communication skills.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the employment growth of fire inspectors to be as fast as the average for all occupations. The employment of fire inspectors should grow along with the population. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those seeking fire inspector jobs should expect keen competition. In addition, the median annual earnings in 2008 for fire inspectors was $53,030.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Most fire inspectors have acquired experience in fire suppression and have a high school diploma. They receive on-the-job training or attend training academies.


Major Employers

The primary employers are local governments and state governments.

Schools for Fire Inspectors And Investigators are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Fire Inspectors and Investigators

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Fire Inspectors and Investigators jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 30 $64,230
Birmingham 30 $64,230
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 150 $70,280
Scottsdale 150 $70,280
Mesa 150 $70,280
Tucson 40 $55,960
Prescott 30 $56,530
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 280 $106,100
Los Angeles 280 $106,100
Anaheim 280 $106,100
Hayward 120 $118,890
San Francisco 120 $118,890
Oakland 120 $118,890
Arcade 100 $79,780
Sacramento 100 $79,780
Roseville 100 $79,780
Arden 100 $79,780
Carlsbad 80 $76,030
San Diego 80 $76,030
Santa Maria 60 $74,860
Santa Barbara 60 $74,860
San Bernardino 50 $86,720
Riverside 50 $86,720
Ontario 50 $86,720
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood -2222 $61,170
Aurora -2222 $61,170
Denver -2222 $61,170
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 180 $67,990
West Hartford 180 $67,990
Hartford 180 $67,990
New Haven 50 $73,670
Stamford 50 $84,050
Norwalk 50 $84,050
Bridgeport 50 $84,050
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 280 $71,330
Miami 280 $71,330
West Palm Beach 280 $71,330
Orlando 100 $50,160
Sanford 100 $50,160
Kissimmee 100 $50,160
St. Petersburg 100 $60,540
Tampa 100 $60,540
Clearwater 100 $60,540
Jacksonville 40 $52,800
Cape Coral 40 $67,550
Fort Myers 40 $67,550
Sarasota 30 $71,940
North Port 30 $71,940
Bradenton 30 $71,940
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 310 $61,980
Sandy Springs 310 $61,980
Atlanta 310 $61,980
Savannah 50 $29,860
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 130 $57,740
Columbia 130 $57,740
Baltimore 130 $57,740
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 70 $75,860
Warren 70 $75,860
Detroit 70 $75,860
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 110 $91,070
Henderson 110 $91,070
Las Vegas 110 $91,070
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 60 $67,070
Hammonton -2222 $43,890
Atlantic City -2222 $43,890
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Troy 70 $69,810
Schenectady 70 $69,810
Albany 70 $69,810
Rochester 30 $56,910
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 60 $56,950
Asheville 30 $51,270
Greensboro 30 $53,870
High Point 30 $53,870
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 70 $53,900
Elyria 50 $50,080
Cleveland 50 $50,080
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 110 $56,640
Tulsa 40 $78,020
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Medford -2222 $94,010
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 140 $37,950
Anderson 140 $37,950
Greenville 140 $37,950
North Charleston 30 $49,070
Charleston 30 $49,070
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 40 $52,230
Murfreesboro 40 $52,230
Davidson 40 $52,230
Nashville 40 $52,230
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 480 $60,320
Arlington 480 $60,320
Fort Worth 480 $60,320
Sugar Land 230 $69,600
The Woodlands 230 $69,600
Houston 230 $69,600
New Braunfels 50 $53,900
San Antonio 50 $53,900
El Paso -2222 $42,800
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 110 $68,770
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 120 $91,970
Tacoma 120 $91,970
Seattle 120 $91,970
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 40 $65,830
Waukesha 40 $65,830
Milwaukee 40 $65,830

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Fire Inspectors and Investigators

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Government 11,850 96% $53,240
Office Services And Staffing 250 2% $41,250
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