Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
50,490 3.9 % $20.85 $43,370 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.79 $14.69 $18.75 $25.03 $33.11
Annual Wage (2) $24,530 $30,560 $38,990 $52,060 $68,870


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 23,680 2.12 $19.79 $41,160
Insurance Carriers 15,590 1.31 $21.39 $44,490
Activities Related to Real Estate 2,110 0.39 $23.14 $48,140
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,090 0.70 $34.80 $72,380
Local Government (OES Designation) 920 0.02 $19.73 $41,040

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 23,680 2.12 $19.79 $41,160
Insurance Carriers 15,590 1.31 $21.39 $44,490
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,090 0.70 $34.80 $72,380
Activities Related to Real Estate 2,110 0.39 $23.14 $48,140
Other Information Services 300 0.22 $18.70 $38,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,090 0.70 $34.80 $72,380
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 220 0.01 $29.35 $61,050
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 160 0.01 $27.71 $57,640
Lessors of Real Estate 140 0.02 $27.36 $56,900
Support Activities for Mining 70 0.03 $26.98 $56,120


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 7,400 0.73 1.85 $23.28 $48,430
Florida 4,410 0.62 1.56 $18.30 $38,060
California 3,860 0.28 0.69 $25.29 $52,610
New York 2,870 0.34 0.87 $24.39 $50,740
Pennsylvania 2,400 0.44 1.10 $18.70 $38,900




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)
Wyoming 300 1.11 2.78 $19.26 $40,070
Idaho 580 0.98 2.47 $21.95 $45,650
Montana 410 0.98 2.46 $19.31 $40,160
Colorado 1,630 0.75 1.90 $22.39 $46,570
Texas 7,400 0.73 1.85 $23.28 $48,430




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 100 0.33 0.83 $27.59 $57,390
Oregon 780 0.49 1.24 $26.97 $56,100
West Virginia 130 0.18 0.46 $26.28 $54,670
Nevada 810 0.73 1.83 $26.01 $54,090
Connecticut 80 0.05 0.12 $25.56 $53,160

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-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,570 1.28 3.23 $21.80 $45,340
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,130 0.45 1.14 $31.22 $64,940
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.86 2.17 $22.50 $46,800
Pittsburgh, PA 1,010 0.93 2.34 $16.41 $34,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.26 0.65 $24.74 $51,450
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 940 0.19 0.48 $29.77 $61,910
Denver-Aurora, CO 920 0.78 1.96 $23.03 $47,890
Baltimore-Towson, MD 740 0.59 1.50 $19.36 $40,280
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 720 0.43 1.07 $22.83 $47,490
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.51 1.28 $25.67 $53,390




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)
Missoula, MT 120 2.13 5.37 $19.04 $39,600
Lafayette, LA 220 1.57 3.96 $18.67 $38,840
Billings, MT 120 1.49 3.75 $21.25 $44,210
Boise City-Nampa, ID 340 1.34 3.38 $23.39 $48,650
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,570 1.28 3.23 $21.80 $45,340
Casper, WY 50 1.24 3.13 $23.63 $49,150
Cheyenne, WY 50 1.16 2.92 $24.10 $50,130
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 130 1.05 2.64 $18.29 $38,040
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 510 1.01 2.54 $16.72 $34,770
Midland, TX 60 0.95 2.38 $32.43 $67,450




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 60 0.95 2.38 $32.43 $67,450
Napa, CA 50 0.85 2.15 $32.01 $66,570
Tyler, TX (8) (8) (8) $31.83 $66,210
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,130 0.45 1.14 $31.22 $64,940
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 630 0.18 0.45 $30.32 $63,060
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 940 0.19 0.48 $29.77 $61,910
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 300 0.37 0.92 $29.21 $60,760
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 410 0.42 1.06 $29.16 $60,640
Reno-Sparks, NV (8) (8) (8) $28.82 $59,950
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH (8) (8) (8) $28.82 $59,940

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 330 0.87 2.20 $20.08 $41,770
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 250 1.79 4.49 $9.65 $20,070
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 220 1.51 3.79 $19.86 $41,300
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 210 1.52 3.82 $22.83 $47,490
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.80 2.01 $21.45 $44,610

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)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 120 1.94 4.88 $15.37 $31,970
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 250 1.79 4.49 $9.65 $20,070
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 1.60 4.03 $17.27 $35,920
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 210 1.52 3.82 $22.83 $47,490
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 220 1.51 3.79 $19.86 $41,300

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)
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 0.47 $27.35 $56,890
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.97 $56,100
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 0.75 1.89 $26.05 $54,190
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 1.23 $25.72 $53,490
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.68 1.72 $25.14 $52,280


About May 2010 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 mean 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011