Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
52,180 3.6 % $24.70 $51,380 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.75 $17.32 $22.66 $29.59 $38.53
Annual Wage (2) $28,610 $36,040 $47,130 $61,550 $80,150


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 22,920 2.01 $23.85 $49,610
Insurance Carriers 14,050 1.20 $25.97 $54,020
Real Estate 3,630 0.22 $24.59 $51,160
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,300 1.63 $32.72 $68,050
Automobile Dealers 1,500 0.12 $18.21 $37,870

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 22,920 2.01 $23.85 $49,610
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,300 1.63 $32.72 $68,050
Insurance Carriers 14,050 1.20 $25.97 $54,020
Real Estate 3,630 0.22 $24.59 $51,160
Other Information Services 610 0.21 $20.66 $42,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,300 1.63 $32.72 $68,050
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $31.90 $66,360
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 180 0.01 $31.04 $64,570
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40 (7) $28.64 $59,560
Land Subdivision 70 0.19 $28.55 $59,380


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 6,250 0.52 1.43 $27.86 $57,940
Florida 4,800 0.56 1.55 $24.21 $50,350
California 3,560 0.21 0.58 $27.97 $58,180
Ohio 2,200 0.41 1.13 $23.33 $48,520
New York 2,140 0.23 0.63 $29.09 $60,500




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 1,820 1.14 3.16 $23.69 $49,280
Wyoming 250 0.94 2.61 $23.13 $48,120
Montana 370 0.80 2.22 $23.19 $48,250
Utah 1,000 0.69 1.91 $22.44 $46,670
Minnesota 1,790 0.63 1.73 $27.96 $58,170




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 50 0.07 0.19 $35.62 $74,080
Idaho 440 0.62 1.71 $32.06 $66,690
Oregon 810 0.43 1.20 $31.32 $65,150
Colorado 1,240 0.47 1.31 $31.20 $64,900
Massachusetts 590 0.16 0.46 $30.45 $63,330





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,310 0.24 0.68 $29.33 $61,000
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,070 0.58 1.61 $26.27 $54,650
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,450 0.56 1.55 $24.19 $50,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,430 0.23 0.65 $26.05 $54,180
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,420 0.73 2.01 $28.56 $59,410
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,080 0.38 1.05 $26.23 $54,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,080 0.35 0.96 $23.26 $48,390
Pittsburgh, PA 1,010 0.88 2.45 $23.71 $49,320
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 950 0.72 2.00 $19.91 $41,420
St. Louis, MO-IL 930 0.69 1.90 $25.75 $53,560




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 100 2.31 6.42 $23.77 $49,430
Midland, TX 190 1.90 5.26 $32.26 $67,090
Ocala, FL 150 1.42 3.93 $27.23 $56,630
Tulsa, OK 610 1.40 3.87 $25.62 $53,290
Bismarck, ND 90 1.30 3.60 $21.46 $44,640
Sherman-Denison, TX 50 1.20 3.34 $19.69 $40,960
Billings, MT 90 1.04 2.89 $20.63 $42,900
Oklahoma City, OK 610 0.99 2.73 $25.24 $52,490
Lafayette, LA 180 0.94 2.61 $18.85 $39,210
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 40 0.93 2.59 $21.30 $44,310




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)
Tyler, TX 60 0.56 1.55 $37.60 $78,200
Eugene, OR 100 0.61 1.70 $33.60 $69,900
Midland, TX 190 1.90 5.26 $32.26 $67,090
Bakersfield, CA 70 0.22 0.62 $31.49 $65,490
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 780 0.52 1.46 $31.46 $65,430
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 360 0.37 1.02 $31.42 $65,350
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 100 0.40 1.11 $31.21 $64,930
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL (8) (8) (8) $30.76 $63,970
Williamsport, PA 40 0.68 1.88 $30.49 $63,430
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 310 0.21 0.58 $30.32 $63,070

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)
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 240 1.27 3.52 $19.60 $40,770
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 220 0.81 2.25 $30.22 $62,850
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 190 1.23 3.41 $22.47 $46,750
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 190 1.13 3.14 $16.30 $33,900
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 170 0.63 1.75 $18.15 $37,740

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 Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 150 2.26 6.27 $11.14 $23,170
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 170 1.43 3.97 $27.87 $57,970
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 240 1.27 3.52 $19.60 $40,770
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 190 1.23 3.41 $22.47 $46,750
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 90 1.14 3.16 $25.59 $53,230

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)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 0.80 $33.61 $69,910
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.47 $65,450
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 220 0.81 2.25 $30.22 $62,850
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.91 $62,210
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.22 $60,780


About May 2018 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019