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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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. Excludes "Loan Officers" (13-2072).


National estimates for Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers
Industry profile for Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers
Geographic profile for Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers

National estimates for Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
54,960 4.0 % $ 25.45 $ 52,950 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.57 $ 17.95 $ 23.47 $ 30.46 $ 39.51
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,320 $ 37,330 $ 48,820 $ 63,360 $ 82,180


Industry profile for Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 24,330 2.14 $ 24.82 $ 51,630
Insurance Carriers 15,850 1.31 $ 27.70 $ 57,620
Real Estate 3,330 0.20 $ 24.45 $ 50,850
Automobile Dealers 1,650 0.14 $ 18.92 $ 39,350
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,180 0.95 $ 34.20 $ 71,140

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 24,330 2.14 $ 24.82 $ 51,630
Insurance Carriers 15,850 1.31 $ 27.70 $ 57,620
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,180 0.95 $ 34.20 $ 71,140
Other Support Services 710 0.24 $ 18.04 $ 37,520
Real Estate 3,330 0.20 $ 24.45 $ 50,850

Top paying industries for Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 80 0.02 $ 35.63 $ 74,100
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,180 0.95 $ 34.20 $ 71,140
Support Activities for Mining 270 0.10 $ 33.03 $ 68,700
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $ 32.01 $ 66,580
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 190 0.01 $ 31.97 $ 66,490


Geographic profile for Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 7,150 0.59 1.50 $ 29.70 $ 61,770
Florida 6,140 0.73 1.84 $ 25.26 $ 52,540
California 4,210 0.26 0.65 $ 28.90 $ 60,100
Pennsylvania 2,890 0.52 1.33 $ 22.85 $ 47,540
Missouri 2,170 0.81 2.04 $ 19.40 $ 40,350




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 500 1.25 3.18 $ 25.93 $ 53,940
Montana 500 1.10 2.78 $ 24.50 $ 50,950
Oklahoma 1,380 0.88 2.23 $ 27.12 $ 56,410
Missouri 2,170 0.81 2.04 $ 19.40 $ 40,350
Wyoming 200 0.75 1.90 $ 22.56 $ 46,930




Top paying states for Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $ 32.00 $ 66,570
New York 1,360 0.16 0.40 $ 31.91 $ 66,370
Colorado 1,240 0.48 1.22 $ 31.89 $ 66,340
Oregon 1,050 0.58 1.47 $ 30.36 $ 63,150
Wisconsin 610 0.22 0.57 $ 30.27 $ 62,960





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,660 1.06 2.68 $ 25.38 $ 52,800
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,110 0.59 1.49 $ 30.75 $ 63,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,900 0.33 0.82 $ 25.86 $ 53,790
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,690 0.39 0.98 $ 24.41 $ 50,760
Pittsburgh, PA 1,590 1.49 3.77 $ 24.13 $ 50,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,450 0.48 1.22 $ 22.18 $ 46,120
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,340 0.15 0.38 $ 32.84 $ 68,300
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,230 0.66 1.68 $ 26.61 $ 55,350
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,120 0.86 2.18 $ 22.82 $ 47,470
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,120 0.53 1.34 $ 24.53 $ 51,030




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cheyenne, WY 80 1.76 4.47 $ 24.71 $ 51,390
Pittsburgh, PA 1,590 1.49 3.77 $ 24.13 $ 50,190
Oklahoma City, OK 670 1.10 2.78 $ 28.19 $ 58,640
Santa Fe, NM 60 1.08 2.73 $ 26.45 $ 55,020
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,660 1.06 2.68 $ 25.38 $ 52,800
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 40 1.04 2.64 $ 16.93 $ 35,210
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 70 0.96 2.44 $ 18.74 $ 38,980
Midland, TX 90 0.86 2.18 $ 30.53 $ 63,490
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,120 0.86 2.18 $ 22.82 $ 47,470
Williamsport, PA 40 0.83 2.10 $ 22.43 $ 46,660




Top paying metropolitan areas for Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salem, OR 120 0.71 1.79 $ 35.35 $ 73,530
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 34.60 $ 71,970
Greeley, CO 30 0.30 0.75 $ 34.41 $ 71,560
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 230 0.21 0.53 $ 34.07 $ 70,870
Eugene, OR 90 0.58 1.46 $ 33.12 $ 68,890
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,340 0.15 0.38 $ 32.84 $ 68,300
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 780 0.54 1.36 $ 32.72 $ 68,060
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 120 0.15 0.37 $ 31.96 $ 66,470
Jacksonville, FL 500 0.74 1.87 $ 31.45 $ 65,420
Tulsa, OK 250 0.58 1.47 $ 31.24 $ 64,980

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 290 2.13 5.40 $ 26.12 $ 54,320
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 0.99 2.52 $ 29.94 $ 62,280
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 160 0.82 2.09 $ 22.75 $ 47,320
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 150 0.95 2.40 $ 13.84 $ 28,780
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 110 0.36 0.90 $ 24.51 $ 50,970

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 290 2.13 5.40 $ 26.12 $ 54,320
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 1.01 2.57 $ 19.51 $ 40,590
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 0.99 2.52 $ 29.94 $ 62,280
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 150 0.95 2.40 $ 13.84 $ 28,780
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 110 0.92 2.32 $ 33.78 $ 70,250

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 110 0.92 2.32 $ 33.78 $ 70,250
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 0.83 $ 32.35 $ 67,280
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 31.05 $ 64,590
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 0.62 1.56 $ 30.07 $ 62,540
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 0.99 2.52 $ 29.94 $ 62,280


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021