What’s the Average Home Inspector Salary?

Home inspecting sounds like a great job with lots of freedom, but what about the pay? Good news: most professional inspectors earn a comfortable living. That’s what the U.S. Department of Labor says. And other salary experts agree. The key is building up your business to make it profitable. An inspector who doesn’t really try to market might not earn much at all. But on the opposite side of the coin, the sky is the limit if you set your mind to it.

So, how much can you expect to earn? Let’s look at a few solid resources.

Payscale Gives a Modest Estimate

The Payscale website salary estimates for new and seasoned home inspectors is a bit conservative when compared to other sources.

They say entry-level inspectors earn about $40k annually. But on the upper end, they estimate that inspectors with over 20 years of experience earn just over $50k annually. Depending on the cost of living in your area, that could be a solid income. And fortunately, they also explain that on the upper end of the income range, inspectors in the 90th percentile earn about $69k annually.

The U.S. Department of Labor Says Location Matters

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, home inspectors in the U.S. may bring in earnings between $34,800 and $91,600. And apparently, where you work matters a great deal.

But there’s a caveat. The DOL doesn’t differentiate between home inspectors and any other type of building inspector. So there’s a wide range of career paths included in their averaging system.

There’s a higher concentration of inspectors in busy metro areas, as you might expect. And those inspectors tend to have higher earnings. For example, inspectors in the San Francisco area earn a mean wage of about $100k annually. And inspectors in Cheyenne, WY earn a mean wage of $42,770.

George Wagner

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