Government Property Inspectors and Investigators
SOC: 13-1041.04


Investigate or inspect government property to ensure compliance with contract agreements and government regulations.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
260,300 employed

Projected (2024):
269,000 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:

  • Adjustment Examiner
  • Admeasurer
  • Airport Operations Officer
  • Appraiser
  • Asset Manager
  • Building Inspector
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Compliance Auditor
  • Compliance Coordinator
  • Compliance Manager
  • Compliance Review Engineer
  • Construction Inspector
  • Design Project Inspector
  • Engineering Technician
  • Fire Marshal
  • Gauger
  • Government Gauger
  • Housing Inspector
  • Housing Management Representative
  • Housing Quality Standard Inspector (HQS Inspector)
  • Inspector
  • Materials Acceptance Engineer
  • Materials Inspector
  • Port Patrol Officer
  • Project Inspector
  • Property Inspector
  • Public Works Inspector
  • Quality Assurance Inspector
  • Quality Assurance Representative
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Rent and Housing Investigator
  • Risk Manager
  • Safety Compliance Engineer
  • Sanitation Inspector
  • Section 8 Inspector
  • Site Development Construction Inspector
  • Station Examiner
  • Surveyor
  • Warehouse Examiner

  • 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
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Prepare correspondence, reports of inspections or investigations or recommendations for action.
  • Examine records, reports, or other documents to establish facts or detect discrepancies.
  • Monitor investigations of suspected offenders to ensure that they are conducted in accordance with constitutional requirements.
  • Collect, identify, evaluate, or preserve case evidence.
  • Inspect manufactured or processed products to ensure compliance with contract specifications or legal requirements.
  • Coordinate with or assist law enforcement agencies in matters of mutual concern.
  • Testify in court or at administrative proceedings concerning investigation findings.
  • Investigate applications for special licenses or permits, as well as alleged license or permit violations.
  • Inspect government-owned equipment or materials in the possession of private contractors to ensure compliance with contracts or regulations or to prevent misuse.
  • Recommend legal or administrative action to protect government property.
  • Submit samples of products to government laboratories for testing, as required.
  • Locate and interview plaintiffs, witnesses, or representatives of business or government to gather facts relevant to inspections or alleged violations.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 10-key calculators
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Personal computers
  • Radio frequency identification RFID scanners
  • Tablet computers
  • BrioQuery
  • Coeus
  • Database software
  • Deltek Costpoint
  • Email software
  • Inventory control system software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft NetMeeting
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Peninsula Software Quicktrack Pro
  • Plant Clearance Automated Reutilization Screening System PCARSS
  • Radio frequency identification RFID software
  • Records management software
  • SAP software
  • Shipping software
  • Unique Identification UID system databases
  • Wide Area Workflow WAWF system

  • business and financial operations

    industry stats

    SOC: 13-0000

    Total Employed: 7,032,560

    Average Annual Salary: $73,800