Government aviation safety inspectors ensure the safety and regulatory compliance of aviation facilities, operations, programs and aircraft. Additionally, FAA safety inspectors certify pilots and flight instructors, and National Transportation Safety Board inspectors examine accidents. Airlines, maintenance centers and other aviation businesses also employ safety inspectors, as well as aircraft inspectors, who perform similar services. A wave of retirements of government inspectors, combined with an increasing emphasis on aviation safety initiatives in the private sector (SMS, IS-BAO, etc.), is creating high demand for these safety specialists. Aviation safety inspector positions typically require prior experience as a professional pilot or maintenance technician, and federal employees can earn from about $66,000 to $153,000 annually, with a median salary for FAA inspectors of about $93,000. The median for all transportation inspectors is about $71,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Learn more about FAA aviation safety inspector careers here.