Mold often lurks in dark and damp places found in your home bathroom, kitchen and other living areas. Although over-the-counter cleaning products sometimes solve mold problems, more serious infestations require professional help. Mold inspectors specialize in removing mold to prevent allergic reactions and further contamination. The average salaries for mold inspectors vary depending on factors such as employer and geographic location.
Mold inspectors are classified as hazardous materials removal workers according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010–11 Edition, published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Using special tools and chemicals, mold inspectors safely remove mold from heaters and air-conditioners, within walls, in showers, and in basements. Before removal, mold inspectors examine and identity the source of moisture in the affected area. These professionals must also use removal methods that comply with various safety procedures and government laws. A June 2011 Indeed.com report stated that the average salary for mold remediation specialists was $34,000 per year.
Geography plays a role in average salaries for mold inspectors according to a June 2011 SalaryExpert report. Mold inspectors working in Dallas, Texas, reported an average salary of $33,252. Workers in Charlotte, North Carolina, earned an average annual wage of $34,522. In Los Angeles, California, mold inspectors were paid an average salary of $37,269. Miami, Florida, professionals reported an average annual salary of $34,203, while those employed in New York City reported an average annual wage of $36,309. Professionals working in Houston, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois, averaged $34,519 and $35,793, respectively.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that annual wages for hazardous materials removal workers, which include mold inspection professionals, varied in different industries. Workers employed in remediation and waste management services companies reported an average salary of $40,230. Professionals operating as contractors averaged $36,630. Elementary and secondary schools paid waste materials removal workers an average salary of $61,360. Professionals employed by the federal government reported average annual earnings of $55,630.
Employment for hazardous materials workers, which include mold inspectors, is projected to rise 15 percent through the year 2018 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Government laws mandating cleaner energy generation, as well as the introduction of new Superfund projects -- the federal government program to clean up toxic waste sites -- will spur demand for hazardous waste removal. Mold inspectors located in Eastern and Northwestern parts of the U.S. should have the best job opportunities. Moreover, formal training and professional certification with organizations such as Mold Institute USA should increase salary potential for mold remediation professionals.