Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

23-2093 Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers

Search real estate records, examine titles, or summarize pertinent legal or insurance documents or details for a variety of purposes. May compile lists of mortgages, contracts, and other instruments pertaining to titles by searching public and private records for law firms, real estate agencies, or title insurance companies.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
49,390 4.0 % $22.26 $46,310 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.51 $15.66 $20.18 $26.69 $35.85
Annual Wage (2) $26,010 $32,580 $41,970 $55,520 $74,560


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 22,190 1.99 $20.56 $42,770
Insurance Carriers 14,970 1.29 $24.30 $50,540
Activities Related to Real Estate 3,050 0.54 $25.36 $52,760
Local Government (OES Designation) 860 0.02 $20.47 $42,580
Oil and Gas Extraction 770 0.42 $34.36 $71,470

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 22,190 1.99 $20.56 $42,770
Insurance Carriers 14,970 1.29 $24.30 $50,540
Activities Related to Real Estate 3,050 0.54 $25.36 $52,760
Oil and Gas Extraction 770 0.42 $34.36 $71,470
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers 510 0.19 $20.95 $43,570

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 110 0.03 $36.39 $75,700
Oil and Gas Extraction 770 0.42 $34.36 $71,470
Lessors of Real Estate 90 0.02 $30.98 $64,440
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $30.61 $63,670
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 220 0.01 $30.11 $62,620


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 5,610 0.53 1.40 $25.29 $52,600
California 5,280 0.37 0.97 $29.56 $61,490
Florida 4,360 0.60 1.58 $20.16 $41,930
New York 3,200 0.37 0.99 $24.76 $51,510
Pennsylvania 2,640 0.47 1.24 $19.26 $40,050




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 240 0.85 2.24 $21.90 $45,550
South Dakota 340 0.84 2.23 $22.88 $47,590
Idaho 480 0.80 2.10 $21.40 $44,510
Montana 310 0.71 1.88 $20.02 $41,650
Nebraska 610 0.67 1.77 $16.82 $34,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 80 0.26 0.68 $30.13 $62,670
California 5,280 0.37 0.97 $29.56 $61,490
Connecticut 80 0.05 0.12 $28.64 $59,570
West Virginia 230 0.32 0.84 $28.44 $59,160
Oregon 820 0.51 1.34 $27.20 $56,570





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,510 0.39 1.03 $25.34 $52,710
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.29 0.75 $27.82 $57,870
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,350 1.20 3.15 $17.34 $36,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.62 1.63 $24.16 $50,250
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,160 0.44 1.16 $32.25 $67,080
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.91 2.39 $22.63 $47,080
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 970 0.53 1.40 $21.14 $43,970
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 920 0.75 1.97 $27.72 $57,650
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 870 0.62 1.63 $29.78 $61,940
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 850 0.23 0.62 $24.48 $50,910




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rapid City, SD 110 1.78 4.71 $24.59 $51,160
Midland, TX 110 1.44 3.81 $30.16 $62,730
Casper, WY 60 1.42 3.74 $23.11 $48,080
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,350 1.20 3.15 $17.34 $36,060
Missoula, MT 70 1.19 3.15 $20.03 $41,650
Cheyenne, WY 50 1.15 3.03 $23.71 $49,320
Fond du Lac, WI 50 1.10 2.89 $15.05 $31,300
College Station-Bryan, TX 100 1.09 2.87 $20.13 $41,870
Billings, MT 90 1.08 2.84 $19.80 $41,190
Boise City-Nampa, ID 260 0.99 2.61 $22.88 $47,590




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 50 0.18 0.47 $38.18 $79,410
Stockton, CA (8) (8) (8) $37.29 $77,560
Redding, CA 40 0.73 1.92 $35.56 $73,970
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,160 0.44 1.16 $32.25 $67,080
Corpus Christi, TX 50 0.29 0.75 $30.94 $64,360
Anchorage, AK 70 0.39 1.02 $30.51 $63,460
Midland, TX 110 1.44 3.81 $30.16 $62,730
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 870 0.62 1.63 $29.78 $61,940
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 390 0.48 1.27 $29.46 $61,270
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA (8) (8) (8) $29.35 $61,050

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 220 1.56 4.11 $22.05 $45,870
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.70 1.84 $19.96 $41,520
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.67 1.76 $18.16 $37,770
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 160 0.41 1.09 $23.39 $48,650
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 1.04 2.74 $26.78 $55,700

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 220 1.56 4.11 $22.05 $45,870
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 1.44 3.81 $21.68 $45,100
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.17 3.10 $20.17 $41,960
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 1.04 2.74 $26.78 $55,700
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.02 2.70 $29.64 $61,650

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.75 1.97 $30.90 $64,280
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.02 2.70 $29.64 $61,650
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 0.76 2.00 $29.08 $60,490
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.69 1.81 $29.03 $60,370
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 1.04 2.74 $26.78 $55,700


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013