Health and regulatory inspectors are employed by federal, state, or local governments to enforce those laws that protect public health and safety, as well as certain regulatory laws that govern, for example, labor standards, immigration, banking, and transportation. Approximately 557,510 inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers are employed in the United States.
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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers earned median wages of $18.39 an hour (or $38,250 annually) in May 2018. Earnings ranged from $11.32 to $31.49 an hour ($23,550 to $65,510 annually). Occupational health and safety specialists had median earnings of $73,020, and salaries ranged from less than $42,450 to more than $108,520.
Most health and regulatory inspectors should expect to travel a considerable amount of the time. They interact with a wide variety of people from different educational and professional backgrounds. Health and regulatory inspectors sometimes work long and irregular hours. Inspectors may also experience stressful, unpleasant, and even dangerous situations. Mine inspection can be dangerous, and ag...
Government workers are generally affected to a lesser degree by economic changes than are many other workers. However, public expectations and interest concerning the environment, safety concerns, and quality products may be offset by the continuing debate concerning oversized and ineffective government and the desire for fewer regulations and strictures on daily life.
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