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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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Resources

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 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 50 $59,220
Birmingham 50 $59,220
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 140 $67,090
Scottsdale 140 $67,090
Mesa 140 $67,090
Tucson 30 $53,730
Prescott 30 $54,400
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 290 $101,750
Los Angeles 290 $101,750
Long Beach 290 $101,750
San Diego 130 $71,730
Carlsbad 130 $71,730
San Francisco 120 $106,490
Hayward 120 $106,490
Oakland 120 $106,490
Roseville 90 $80,130
Arcade 90 $80,130
Arden 90 $80,130
Sacramento 90 $80,130
Santa Barbara 70 $74,900
Santa Maria 70 $74,900
San Bernardino 40 $70,380
Ontario 40 $70,380
Riverside 40 $70,380
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood N/A $58,700
Aurora N/A $58,700
Denver N/A $58,700
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 180 $62,220
West Hartford 180 $62,220
Hartford 180 $62,220
New Haven 60 $69,310
Norwalk 50 $80,610
Stamford 50 $80,610
Bridgeport 50 $80,610
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 240 $64,610
Fort Lauderdale 240 $64,610
West Palm Beach 240 $64,610
Sanford 100 $48,110
Orlando 100 $48,110
Kissimmee 100 $48,110
St. Petersburg 90 $57,990
Clearwater 90 $57,990
Tampa 90 $57,990
Daytona Beach 70 $49,310
Deltona 70 $49,310
Ormond Beach 70 $49,310
Cape Coral 50 $67,110
Fort Myers 50 $67,110
Jacksonville 40 $48,550
Lakeland 30 $53,380
Winter Haven 30 $53,380
North Port 30 $68,540
Sarasota 30 $68,540
Bradenton 30 $68,540
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 340 $58,350
Sandy Springs 340 $58,350
Atlanta 340 $58,350
Savannah 80 $28,760
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 60 $44,830
Carmel 60 $44,830
Indianapolis 60 $44,830
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 50 $67,540
Metairie 40 $46,360
New Orleans 40 $46,360
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 100 $58,100
Columbia 100 $58,100
Baltimore 100 $58,100
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 120 $68,770
Warren 120 $68,770
Detroit 120 $68,770
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 110 $88,340
Henderson 110 $88,340
Las Vegas 110 $88,340
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 80 $63,520
Ocean City 30 $51,140
Bridgeton 30 $64,520
Vineland 30 $64,520
Hammonton N/A $39,670
Atlantic City N/A $39,670
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Troy 70 $67,640
Schenectady 70 $67,640
Albany 70 $67,640
Rochester 40 $56,050
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Asheville 30 $52,060
High Point 30 $53,190
Greensboro 30 $53,190
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 70 $53,680
Elyria 40 $47,770
Cleveland 40 $47,770
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 100 $59,910
Tulsa 40 $77,270
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Medford N/A $92,570
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 30 $49,600
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 100 $38,760
Anderson 100 $38,760
Greenville 100 $38,760
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 60 $50,400
Murfreesboro 60 $50,400
Davidson 60 $50,400
Nashville 60 $50,400
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 560 $59,170
Arlington 560 $59,170
Dallas 560 $59,170
Sugar Land 230 $67,420
The Woodlands 230 $67,420
Houston 230 $67,420
New Braunfels 40 $53,340
San Antonio 40 $53,340
Round Rock 40 $72,720
Austin 40 $72,720
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 110 $66,800
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 120 $90,010
Tacoma 120 $90,010
Seattle 120 $90,010
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 30 $62,650
Waukesha 30 $62,650
Milwaukee 30 $62,650

Most Popular Industries for :
Fire Inspectors and Investigators

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

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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