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Salary and Career Info for Home Inspectors

Learn about the education and preparation needed to become a home inspector. Get a quick view of the requirements as well as details about training, job duties and licensure to find out if this is the career for you.

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Home inspectors earn a median annual salary of about $45,000. This job should see average growth in the coming decade, and inspectors may need to earn licensure to practice.

Essential Information

Home inspectors scrutinize residential properties, such as condominiums and town homes, to determine if they meet governmental codes and regulations for safety. They test systems and identify structural issues and necessary repairs so that buyers and their banks are fully informed before finalizing a sales contract. Some states require home inspectors to be licensed or certified.

Required Education On-the-job training or postsecondary program in home inspection
Other Requirements Previous construction-related experience; licensure or certification required in some states
Projected Job Growth 8% between 2014 and 2024*
Median Salary (2016) $44,791 per year**

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (construction and building inspectors), **PayScale.com

Home Inspector Salary and Outlook Information

Earnings

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for the entire category of construction and building inspectors in May 2015 was $57,340 (www.bls.gov). Construction and building inspectors in the lowest ten percent earned $34,800 or less annually, while those in the top 10 percent earned $91,600 or more. PayScale.com reported a median salary for home inspectors of $44,791 in January 2016; earnings vary depending on experience and region.

Job Outlook

Employment for construction and building inspectors is expected to about as fast as average compared to other fields, which is due in part to the increased concern for public safety, according to the BLS. Home inspectors who have a background in construction and have specialized skills, such as blueprint reading, may have an advantage.

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Home Inspector Career Information

Career Overview

Home inspectors are typically hired during the home-buying process or by banks during a mortgage refinance. Home inspectors inspect systems in the home, including cooling, heating, electrical and plumbing. They also inspect other features in homes, including the exterior, interior and foundation. They look for structural damages or issues, which may affect the safety and value of a home.

Educational Requirements

Home inspectors have typically enrolled in a community college or technical school that offers a program in home inspection. Courses typically cover standards of practice and systems, such as exterior, interior, structural and heating. Other areas of study may also include state-specific regulations and codes in the home inspection field.

Licensure

Requirements for licensure to become a certified home inspector vary by state and jurisdiction. Some states have their own licensing boards, while others practice licensing requirements outlined by the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) or the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). State licensure typically requires that a home inspector have a minimum of relevant coursework, experience in the form of previous employment in the construction field, successful completion of an exam and liability insurance.

Home inspectors inspect residential properties for safety and repair issues, usually during a sale of the home. This job typically requires completion of a related program at a community college or technical school. Licensing may be needed, though the requirements vary by state.

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