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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
52,890 3.5 % $25.02 $52,050 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.97 $17.64 $23.17 $29.85 $38.42
Annual Wage (2) $29,060 $36,700 $48,180 $62,090 $79,920


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 22,270 1.94 $24.09 $50,110
Insurance Carriers 14,610 1.22 $26.87 $55,880
Real Estate 3,900 0.23 $24.73 $51,440
Automobile Dealers 1,830 0.14 $18.69 $38,880
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,690 1.20 $32.44 $67,480

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 22,270 1.94 $24.09 $50,110
Insurance Carriers 14,610 1.22 $26.87 $55,880
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,690 1.20 $32.44 $67,480
Real Estate 3,900 0.23 $24.73 $51,440
Other Information Services 650 0.20 $22.72 $47,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 80 0.02 $33.90 $70,520
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,690 1.20 $32.44 $67,480
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 190 0.01 $30.66 $63,770
Support Activities for Mining 540 0.15 $29.46 $61,270
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 130 0.01 $29.03 $60,380


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 7,060 0.57 1.58 $27.73 $57,680
Florida 5,750 0.65 1.82 $25.02 $52,050
California 3,510 0.20 0.56 $28.05 $58,340
Pennsylvania 2,250 0.38 1.06 $22.38 $46,540
Ohio 2,100 0.39 1.07 $24.38 $50,710




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)
North Dakota 490 1.17 3.24 $25.18 $52,370
Oklahoma 1,880 1.16 3.23 $25.96 $54,000
Wyoming 280 1.01 2.81 $22.61 $47,030
Montana 390 0.83 2.31 $24.53 $51,030
Missouri 1,870 0.66 1.84 $19.15 $39,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 440 0.61 1.69 $36.54 $76,010
Oregon 740 0.39 1.07 $32.77 $68,170
Colorado 1,300 0.49 1.35 $31.65 $65,830
New York 1,600 0.17 0.47 $30.78 $64,020
New Jersey 1,150 0.28 0.78 $29.26 $60,870





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)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,220 0.61 1.68 $26.92 $55,990
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,100 0.80 2.21 $25.47 $52,970
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,530 0.16 0.44 $31.88 $66,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,510 0.24 0.67 $26.05 $54,180
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,390 0.30 0.83 $25.24 $52,500
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,380 0.70 1.95 $26.46 $55,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,130 0.36 0.99 $22.53 $46,860
Pittsburgh, PA 1,070 0.93 2.58 $24.37 $50,690
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,070 0.37 1.03 $25.44 $52,920
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 970 0.72 2.01 $20.92 $43,520




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)
Cheyenne, WY 80 1.82 5.06 $23.22 $48,300
Bismarck, ND 100 1.41 3.92 $22.81 $47,440
Ocala, FL 150 1.38 3.84 $27.86 $57,950
Tulsa, OK 450 1.02 2.82 $27.36 $56,900
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 70 0.99 2.76 $18.48 $38,440
Pittsburgh, PA 1,070 0.93 2.58 $24.37 $50,690
Midland, TX 100 0.92 2.55 $28.54 $59,360
Santa Fe, NM 50 0.87 2.42 $27.69 $57,590
Jacksonville, FL 580 0.83 2.29 $27.77 $57,760
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,100 0.80 2.21 $25.47 $52,970




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)
Coeur d'Alene, ID (8) (8) (8) $37.08 $77,130
Tyler, TX 60 0.60 1.68 $34.98 $72,760
Eugene, OR 50 0.34 0.94 $34.24 $71,230
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 380 0.32 0.88 $33.91 $70,540
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 160 0.14 0.40 $32.79 $68,210
Salem, OR 80 0.49 1.36 $32.64 $67,890
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 800 0.53 1.47 $32.63 $67,870
Greeley, CO 40 0.39 1.09 $32.49 $67,570
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $32.34 $67,270
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,530 0.16 0.44 $31.88 $66,310

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 330 1.18 3.27 $28.41 $59,090
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 210 1.23 3.41 $16.00 $33,270
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 210 1.27 3.51 $22.66 $47,130
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 190 1.37 3.81 $26.91 $55,970
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.97 2.68 $21.75 $45,240

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)
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 190 1.62 4.50 $26.60 $55,340
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 190 1.37 3.81 $26.91 $55,970
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 210 1.27 3.51 $22.66 $47,130
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 210 1.23 3.41 $16.00 $33,270
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 90 1.20 3.32 $26.40 $54,920

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)
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 1.07 2.98 $37.49 $77,990
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 100 0.80 2.23 $32.04 $66,640
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 1.96 $31.66 $65,860
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 0.62 1.71 $31.54 $65,590
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.68 1.89 $29.60 $61,560


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020