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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.

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Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
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Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Fire Inspectors and Investigators jobs , as of 2016

Metro Area Total Employment Annual Mean Salary
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 480 $63,120
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell 310 $64,590
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach 280 $73,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 280 $98,650
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 230 $66,370
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford 180 $71,020
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale 150 $68,530
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin 140 $39,120
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson 130 $59,550
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 120 $91,140

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Most Popular Industries for
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These industries represent at least 1% of the total number of people employed in this occupation.

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