Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
54,620 3.6 % $23.96 $49,840 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.04 $16.41 $21.33 $28.29 $37.61
Annual Wage (2) $27,120 $34,130 $44,370 $58,840 $78,230


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 24,330 2.17 $21.70 $45,130
Insurance Carriers 14,350 1.24 $24.21 $50,370
Activities Related to Real Estate 3,840 0.60 $26.23 $54,560
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,610 1.35 $41.26 $85,830
Other Financial Investment Activities 1,030 0.23 $25.89 $53,860

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 24,330 2.17 $21.70 $45,130
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,610 1.35 $41.26 $85,830
Insurance Carriers 14,350 1.24 $24.21 $50,370
Activities Related to Real Estate 3,840 0.60 $26.23 $54,560
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers 820 0.28 $23.70 $49,300

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,610 1.35 $41.26 $85,830
Support Activities for Mining 220 0.05 $34.29 $71,320
Residential Building Construction 60 0.01 $31.96 $66,480
Lessors of Real Estate 140 0.02 $31.64 $65,810
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 190 0.01 $30.74 $63,930


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 9,120 0.79 1.99 $31.02 $64,520
California 5,850 0.38 0.95 $28.08 $58,400
Florida 4,060 0.51 1.29 $21.67 $45,060
New York 3,360 0.37 0.94 $24.15 $50,240
Pennsylvania 2,840 0.50 1.25 $20.72 $43,100



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)
Oklahoma 1,730 1.09 2.74 $23.14 $48,130
South Dakota 380 0.91 2.30 $23.20 $48,250
Texas 9,120 0.79 1.99 $31.02 $64,520
Wyoming 190 0.67 1.68 $22.30 $46,380
Montana 290 0.64 1.62 $20.10 $41,810



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $34.44 $71,640
Texas 9,120 0.79 1.99 $31.02 $64,520
Alaska 90 0.28 0.70 $28.74 $59,790
California 5,850 0.38 0.95 $28.08 $58,400
Oregon 460 0.26 0.66 $27.92 $58,080




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,160 1.08 2.73 $37.07 $77,100
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,110 0.33 0.82 $25.13 $52,270
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,740 0.75 1.89 $31.15 $64,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,530 0.37 0.94 $22.33 $46,440
Pittsburgh, PA 1,240 1.09 2.75 $19.37 $40,300
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,020 1.05 2.65 $28.62 $59,540
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 980 1.25 3.17 $22.79 $47,400
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 960 0.27 0.68 $19.64 $40,850
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 950 0.69 1.75 $26.46 $55,030
Oklahoma City, OK 800 1.32 3.33 $20.73 $43,110



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)
Midland, TX 270 2.95 7.45 $38.60 $80,300
Monroe, LA 130 1.67 4.21 $22.32 $46,420
Cheyenne, WY 70 1.63 4.11 $24.46 $50,880
Tyler, TX 140 1.45 3.66 $24.15 $50,230
Oklahoma City, OK 800 1.32 3.33 $20.73 $43,110
Longview, TX 130 1.30 3.28 $23.57 $49,030
Great Falls, MT 50 1.30 3.28 $9.67 $20,110
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 720 1.28 3.24 $20.10 $41,810
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 980 1.25 3.17 $22.79 $47,400
Sioux Falls, SD 180 1.19 3.01 $25.98 $54,040



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)
Midland, TX 270 2.95 7.45 $38.60 $80,300
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,160 1.08 2.73 $37.07 $77,100
Austin-Round Rock, TX 420 0.46 1.15 $36.64 $76,220
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $35.91 $74,700
Santa Rosa, CA 60 0.34 0.87 $34.25 $71,240
Fresno, CA 130 0.37 0.93 $33.02 $68,690
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 40 0.24 0.61 $32.17 $66,910
Bakersfield, CA 70 0.25 0.62 $31.73 $66,000
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 30 0.27 0.69 $31.45 $65,420
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 740 0.48 1.22 $31.45 $65,420

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)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 240 0.89 2.24 $21.74 $45,230
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 230 1.10 2.78 $18.58 $38,650
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.97 2.44 $17.41 $36,210
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 170 1.61 4.06 $23.38 $48,630
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 160 1.29 3.26 $23.71 $49,310

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)
Northwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 100 1.93 4.87 $16.64 $34,610
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 170 1.61 4.06 $23.38 $48,630
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 160 1.29 3.26 $23.71 $49,310
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 1.14 2.88 $16.07 $33,420
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 130 1.13 2.86 $16.88 $35,110

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)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.51 1.29 $28.57 $59,420
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.42 $57,040
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.65 1.63 $26.56 $55,240
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 0.54 $24.77 $51,530
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 0.82 $24.48 $50,930


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016