Fire Inspectors
SOC: 33-2021.01


Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
12,400 employed

Projected (2024):
13,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Building Inspector
  • Captain Specialist
  • Code Enforcement Officer
  • Code Official
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Compliance Coordinator
  • Compliance Manager
  • Deputy Fire Marshal
  • Fire Alarm Inspector
  • Fire and Building Code Inspector
  • Fire Captain
  • Fire Chief
  • Fire Code Inspector
  • Fire Equipment Inspector
  • Fire Extinguisher Inspector
  • Fire Extinguisher Sprinkler Inspector
  • Fire Fighter/EMT
  • Fire Hazard Inspector
  • Fire Inspections Coordinator
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Investigator
  • Fire Lieutenant
  • Fire Marshal
  • Fire Official
  • Fire Prevention Director
  • Fire Prevention Inspection Specialist
  • Fire Prevention Inspector
  • Fire Prevention Officer
  • Fire Prevention Specialist
  • Fire Prevention Supervisor
  • Fire Prevention Training Officer
  • Fire Protection Fabricator
  • Fire Protection Inspector
  • Fire Protection Specialist
  • Fire Safety Director
  • Fire Safety Inspector
  • Fire Sprinkler Apparatus Inspector
  • Fire Sprinkler Inspector
  • Fire Systems Inspector
  • Firefighter
  • Smoke Inspector
  • Sprinkler Inspector
  • State Fire Marshal

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Inspect buildings to locate hazardous conditions and fire code violations, such as accumulations of combustible material, electrical wiring problems, and inadequate or non-functional fire exits.
  • Identify corrective actions necessary to bring properties into compliance with applicable fire codes, laws, regulations, and standards, and explain these measures to property owners or their representatives.
  • Conduct inspections and acceptance testing of newly installed fire protection systems.
  • Inspect and test fire protection or fire detection systems to verify that such systems are installed in accordance with appropriate laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, and standards.
  • Conduct fire code compliance follow-ups to ensure that corrective actions have been taken in cases where violations were found.
  • Inspect properties that store, handle, and use hazardous materials to ensure compliance with laws, codes, and regulations, and issue hazardous materials permits to facilities found in compliance.
  • Write detailed reports of fire inspections performed, fire code violations observed, and corrective recommendations offered.
  • Develop or review fire exit plans.
  • Review blueprints and plans for new or remodeled buildings to ensure the structures meet fire safety codes.
  • Attend training classes to maintain current knowledge of fire prevention, safety, and firefighting procedures.
  • Present and explain fire code requirements and fire prevention information to architects, contractors, attorneys, engineers, developers, fire service personnel, and the general public.
  • Conduct fire exit drills to monitor and evaluate evacuation procedures.
  • Inspect liquefied petroleum installations, storage containers, and transportation and delivery systems for compliance with fire laws.
  • Search for clues as to the cause of a fire, once the fire is completely extinguished.
  • Develop and coordinate fire prevention programs, such as false alarm billing, fire inspection reporting, and hazardous materials management.
  • Testify in court regarding fire code and fire safety issues.
  • Recommend changes to fire prevention, inspection, and fire code endorsement procedures.
  • Investigate causes of fires, collecting and preparing evidence and presenting it in court when necessary.
  • Issue permits for public assemblies.
  • Serve court appearance summonses or condemnation notices on parties responsible for violations of fire codes, laws, and ordinances.
  • Supervise staff, training them, planning their work, and evaluating their performance.
  • Arrange for the replacement of defective fire fighting equipment and for repair of fire alarm and sprinkler systems, making minor repairs such as servicing fire extinguishers when feasible.
  • Collect fees for permits and licenses.
  • Teach public education programs on fire safety and prevention.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Battery analyzers
  • Battery powered smoke detectors
  • Decibel meters
  • Digital electrical frequency meters
  • Digital levels
  • Digital light meters
  • Digital multimeters
  • Digital still cameras
  • Distance measuring wheels
  • Emergency lights
  • Fire detection systems
  • Fire suppression sprinkler systems
  • Foam-water sprinkler systems
  • Handheld calculators
  • Handheld computers
  • Hard-wired smoke detectors
  • High powered flashlights
  • High pressure fire hoses
  • Hydrant wrenches
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser rangefinders
  • Magnehelic differential pressure gauges
  • Measuring tapes
  • Mobile radios
  • Multigas detectors
  • Multipurpose fire extinguishers
  • Passenger vehicles
  • Personal computers
  • Pitot tubes
  • Smart phones
  • Stepladders
  • Voltage testers
  • Water mist systems
  • Water reservoirs
  • Code database software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word

  • protective service

    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610