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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

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)
51,040 2.7 % $ 25.19 $ 52,390 1.3 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.59 $ 17.90 $ 22.74 $ 29.47 $ 37.04
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,350 $ 37,240 $ 47,310 $ 61,300 $ 77,040


Industry profile for Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

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 20,810 1.82 $ 23.50 $ 48,870
Insurance Carriers 17,360 1.45 $ 27.31 $ 56,800
Real Estate 2,400 0.14 $ 27.26 $ 56,700
Automobile Dealers 1,240 0.10 $ 17.87 $ 37,180
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 and 5223 only) 1,100 0.06 $ 22.59 $ 46,990

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 20,810 1.82 $ 23.50 $ 48,870
Insurance Carriers 17,360 1.45 $ 27.31 $ 56,800
Oil and Gas Extraction 310 0.29 $ 38.48 $ 80,030
Other Support Services 500 0.18 $ 14.37 $ 29,880
Real Estate 2,400 0.14 $ 27.26 $ 56,700

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 50 0.01 $ 43.65 $ 90,780
Oil and Gas Extraction 310 0.29 $ 38.48 $ 80,030
Support Activities for Mining 160 0.07 $ 35.62 $ 74,090
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 180 0.01 $ 32.68 $ 67,970
Office Administrative Services (8) (8) $ 32.54 $ 67,670


Geographic profile for Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers:

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.



Map of employment of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers by state, May 2021


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 8,100 0.66 1.83 $ 26.81 $ 55,770
Florida 5,470 0.64 1.75 $ 23.58 $ 49,040
California 3,340 0.20 0.56 $ 32.95 $ 68,540
Pennsylvania 3,090 0.55 1.53 $ 23.60 $ 49,090
Michigan 2,590 0.64 1.76 $ 23.74 $ 49,380


Map of location quotient of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers by state, May 2021


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)
Oklahoma 1,430 0.92 2.54 $ 24.43 $ 50,820
Utah 1,310 0.84 2.32 $ 26.05 $ 54,190
Wyoming 200 0.75 2.08 $ 22.34 $ 46,470
Idaho 570 0.75 2.07 $ 22.53 $ 46,860
Montana 350 0.74 2.05 $ 21.03 $ 43,750


Map of annual mean wages of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers by state, May 2021


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)
Hawaii 250 0.46 1.26 $ 35.21 $ 73,230
California 3,340 0.20 0.56 $ 32.95 $ 68,540
Massachusetts 160 0.05 0.13 $ 32.27 $ 67,120
New Jersey 730 0.19 0.52 $ 31.85 $ 66,240
Connecticut 50 0.03 0.09 $ 31.59 $ 65,710



Map of employment of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers by area, May 2021


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)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,430 0.68 1.87 $ 27.83 $ 57,880
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,000 0.69 1.91 $ 28.61 $ 59,510
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,520 0.17 0.48 $ 30.25 $ 62,920
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,450 0.81 2.23 $ 22.87 $ 47,580
Pittsburgh, PA 1,420 1.36 3.75 $ 22.96 $ 47,760
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,400 0.57 1.58 $ 24.83 $ 51,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,260 0.22 0.61 $ 31.59 $ 65,710
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,250 0.29 0.81 $ 25.22 $ 52,460
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,180 0.56 1.54 $ 24.57 $ 51,100
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,170 0.91 2.51 $ 24.25 $ 50,450


Map of location quotient of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers by area, May 2021


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 60 1.38 3.82 $ 25.16 $ 52,340
Pittsburgh, PA 1,420 1.36 3.75 $ 22.96 $ 47,760
Coeur d'Alene, ID 80 1.16 3.19 $ 22.54 $ 46,870
Salt Lake City, UT 810 1.09 3.02 $ 26.32 $ 54,750
Tyler, TX 110 1.05 2.91 $ 22.45 $ 46,690
Great Falls, MT 30 1.00 2.76 $ 15.90 $ 33,080
Pocatello, ID 30 0.98 2.70 $ 18.90 $ 39,310
Homosassa Springs, FL 30 0.97 2.67 $ 22.61 $ 47,040
Bismarck, ND 70 0.95 2.61 $ 29.06 $ 60,440
Oklahoma City, OK 560 0.92 2.55 $ 26.28 $ 54,650


Map of annual mean wages of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers by area, May 2021


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)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 470 0.21 0.58 $ 39.13 $ 81,390
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 110 0.10 0.29 $ 38.68 $ 80,460
Urban Honolulu, HI 200 0.51 1.42 $ 35.13 $ 73,070
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 50 0.23 0.64 $ 34.49 $ 71,740
Trenton, NJ 50 0.23 0.64 $ 33.80 $ 70,310
Charleston, WV 30 0.33 0.90 $ 33.68 $ 70,060
Salem, OR 70 0.42 1.15 $ 33.16 $ 68,980
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 220 0.15 0.40 $ 32.43 $ 67,450
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 130 0.05 0.14 $ 32.40 $ 67,390
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 380 0.39 1.07 $ 31.82 $ 66,190

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)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 230 0.87 2.40 $ 22.98 $ 47,790
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 160 0.83 2.28 $ 23.38 $ 48,640
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 130 0.81 2.23 $ 22.36 $ 46,520
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 120 1.05 2.89 $ 17.58 $ 36,560
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.58 1.59 $ 23.49 $ 48,860

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 Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 1.59 4.38 $ 26.23 $ 54,560
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 1.14 3.15 $ 20.90 $ 43,470
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 80 1.13 3.11 $ 21.36 $ 44,430
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 120 1.05 2.89 $ 17.58 $ 36,560
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 100 0.97 2.68 $ 27.68 $ 57,580

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)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 1.04 $ 33.68 $ 70,050
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.37 1.01 $ 31.39 $ 65,300
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 1.33 $ 29.42 $ 61,190
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 100 0.97 2.68 $ 27.68 $ 57,580
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 1.88 $ 27.06 $ 56,280


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022