Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
54,560 3.8 % $24.75 $51,490 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.28 $16.73 $22.02 $29.10 $39.33
Annual Wage (2) $27,620 $34,800 $45,800 $60,520 $81,800


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 25,420 2.26 $22.56 $46,930
Insurance Carriers 14,150 1.21 $25.51 $53,070
Activities Related to Real Estate 3,640 0.55 $26.10 $54,300
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,730 1.50 $41.58 $86,480
Management of Companies and Enterprises 920 0.04 $30.61 $63,670

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 25,420 2.26 $22.56 $46,930
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,730 1.50 $41.58 $86,480
Insurance Carriers 14,150 1.21 $25.51 $53,070
Activities Related to Real Estate 3,640 0.55 $26.10 $54,300
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers 550 0.18 $24.52 $51,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 90 0.03 $42.81 $89,050
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,730 1.50 $41.58 $86,480
Residential Building Construction 70 0.01 $31.40 $65,300
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 190 0.01 $30.93 $64,330
Management of Companies and Enterprises 920 0.04 $30.61 $63,670


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 8,830 0.75 1.93 $32.29 $67,170
California 5,340 0.33 0.86 $28.18 $58,620
Florida 4,090 0.50 1.28 $22.37 $46,530
New York 3,450 0.38 0.98 $25.42 $52,880
Pennsylvania 2,240 0.39 1.00 $22.10 $45,960




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 1,680 1.06 2.73 $21.88 $45,500
South Dakota 410 0.98 2.51 $23.83 $49,570
North Dakota 410 0.95 2.45 $26.42 $54,950
Texas 8,830 0.75 1.93 $32.29 $67,170
Rhode Island 300 0.64 1.64 $27.48 $57,150




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 8,830 0.75 1.93 $32.29 $67,170
District of Columbia 60 0.09 0.23 $31.48 $65,470
Oregon 740 0.41 1.06 $31.19 $64,880
Massachusetts 480 0.14 0.36 $30.14 $62,690
Alaska 110 0.35 0.90 $30.03 $62,470





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 2,950 1.01 2.59 $38.49 $80,070
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,290 0.35 0.90 $26.05 $54,190
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,910 0.79 2.03 $31.04 $64,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.34 0.88 $23.20 $48,250
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,310 1.34 3.45 $28.87 $60,060
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 950 0.26 0.67 $19.51 $40,590
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 800 0.66 1.70 $19.03 $39,570
Pittsburgh, PA 750 0.66 1.69 $21.27 $44,240
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 700 0.88 2.26 $22.08 $45,930
Oklahoma City, OK 680 1.12 2.89 $20.67 $42,990




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 250 2.91 7.50 $41.42 $86,160
Sioux Falls, SD 260 1.76 4.54 $25.07 $52,140
Monroe, LA 130 1.73 4.45 $22.54 $46,890
Cheyenne, WY 70 1.46 3.75 $25.30 $52,620
Bloomington, IL 130 1.46 3.75 (8) (8)
Hot Springs, AR 50 1.39 3.57 $20.46 $42,560
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,310 1.34 3.45 $28.87 $60,060
Great Falls, MT 40 1.21 3.10 $10.65 $22,160
Tulsa, OK 510 1.17 3.02 $25.47 $52,990
Oklahoma City, OK 680 1.12 2.89 $20.67 $42,990




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 250 2.91 7.50 $41.42 $86,160
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,950 1.01 2.59 $38.49 $80,070
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 280 0.16 0.40 $33.83 $70,360
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC (8) (8) (8) $33.41 $69,490
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 40 0.15 0.38 $32.69 $67,990
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 30 0.19 0.49 $32.29 $67,170
Eugene, OR 60 0.39 1.01 $31.39 $65,300
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.41 1.06 $31.28 $65,070
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,910 0.79 2.03 $31.04 $64,570
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 510 0.45 1.15 $30.99 $64,450

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)
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.96 2.46 $19.20 $39,940
North Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.67 1.73 $22.99 $47,810
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 0.72 1.86 $24.32 $50,580
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.83 2.14 $23.61 $49,110
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 120 0.99 2.54 $26.16 $54,400

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)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 70 1.61 4.13 $22.84 $47,510
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 1.38 3.55 (8) (8)
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 1.22 3.14 $16.38 $34,070
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 120 1.00 2.56 $15.63 $32,520
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 120 0.99 2.54 $26.16 $54,400

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.90 $68,420
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.67 $67,960
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.10 $62,610
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.00 $58,240
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 120 0.99 2.54 $26.16 $54,400


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017