Fire Inspectors


Fire Inspectors


Fire inspectors conduct examinations to enforce fire-prevention laws, ordinances, and codes; promote the development and use of effective fire-prevention methods; and provide instruction to the fire department and the general public regarding fire codes and prevention. They are employed by local fire departments and private companies, including factories, sawmills, chemical plants, and universities. Approximately 13,000 fire inspectors and investigators are employed in the United States.

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training



Prior experience as a fire fighter or police officer





Personality Traits

Hands On


Salaries for fire inspectors depend on the employer (public or private sector), the size of the department or company, and the worker’s job title and level of experience. Fire inspectors and investigators earned median annual salaries of $62,510 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Ten percent earned less than $36,400, and the highest paid 10 percent of all inspectors and inv...

Work Environment

Fire inspectors usually spend a few hours in the morning in their offices or at the fire department. From there, they spend most of the day out in the field, inspecting structures ranging from schools to high-rise condominiums. Fire inspectors typically work a standard 40-hour week, Monday through Friday. It can occasionally be stressful to work with business owners, real estate developers, and...


Employment for fire inspectors is expected to grow by 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), or about as fast as the average for all careers. The DOL predicts that there will be a continuing need for fire inspectors to “assess potential fire hazards in newly constricted residential, commercial, public, and other buildings …[as well as] to ensure that exist...