Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
52,960 3.5 % $23.17 $48,190 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.02 $16.14 $20.71 $27.48 $36.68
Annual Wage (2) $27,070 $33,570 $43,080 $57,160 $76,300


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 24,480 2.17 $21.38 $44,470
Insurance Carriers 13,860 1.19 $24.49 $50,940
Activities Related to Real Estate 3,720 0.61 $23.92 $49,750
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,920 1.00 $36.54 $76,010
Other Financial Investment Activities 880 0.21 $26.46 $55,030

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 24,480 2.17 $21.38 $44,470
Insurance Carriers 13,860 1.19 $24.49 $50,940
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,920 1.00 $36.54 $76,010
Activities Related to Real Estate 3,720 0.61 $23.92 $49,750
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers 700 0.25 $21.83 $45,410

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 50 0.18 $39.84 $82,860
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,920 1.00 $36.54 $76,010
Support Activities for Mining 270 0.06 $33.64 $69,970
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 150 0.01 $33.27 $69,210
Lessors of Real Estate 100 0.02 $32.87 $68,370


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 7,820 0.70 1.78 $28.78 $59,870
California 6,000 0.40 1.01 $27.61 $57,430
Florida 4,320 0.56 1.44 $21.13 $43,950
Pennsylvania 2,810 0.50 1.27 $19.55 $40,670
New York 2,340 0.27 0.68 $22.90 $47,640



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 1,640 1.04 2.65 $22.82 $47,460
Wyoming 220 0.77 1.97 $22.67 $47,160
Texas 7,820 0.70 1.78 $28.78 $59,870
Colorado 1,620 0.68 1.75 $25.69 $53,430
North Dakota 280 0.63 1.61 $21.16 $44,020



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 70 0.20 0.52 $30.05 $62,500
Texas 7,820 0.70 1.78 $28.78 $59,870
California 6,000 0.40 1.01 $27.61 $57,430
Connecticut 110 0.06 0.16 $27.12 $56,410
Nevada 640 0.54 1.37 $27.03 $56,220




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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,470 0.87 2.22 $35.95 $74,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,810 0.45 1.14 $23.85 $49,600
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,740 0.78 1.98 $24.30 $50,550
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,210 0.92 2.34 $26.53 $55,170
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.22 0.57 $25.31 $52,640
Pittsburgh, PA 1,100 0.97 2.49 $18.31 $38,080
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 950 1.26 3.21 $22.76 $47,340
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 940 0.52 1.32 $23.11 $48,060
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 890 0.48 1.22 $22.01 $45,780
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 880 0.74 1.90 $16.61 $34,550



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 300 3.36 8.59 $37.90 $78,830
Cheyenne, WY 80 1.84 4.70 $24.48 $50,920
College Station-Bryan, TX 150 1.49 3.79 $18.03 $37,500
Oklahoma City, OK 770 1.27 3.24 $21.29 $44,270
Great Falls, MT 40 1.27 3.24 $9.66 $20,080
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 950 1.26 3.21 $22.76 $47,340
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 640 1.25 3.20 $21.37 $44,460
Hot Springs, AR 40 1.24 3.16 $21.10 $43,880
Wichita Falls, TX 70 1.21 3.10 (8) (8)
Tyler, TX 110 1.17 2.97 $24.84 $51,670



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)
Corpus Christi, TX 40 0.19 0.49 $41.53 $86,380
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 110 0.36 0.91 $38.09 $79,220
Midland, TX 300 3.36 8.59 $37.90 $78,830
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $36.70 $76,340
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,470 0.87 2.22 $35.95 $74,780
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 90 0.31 0.78 $34.76 $72,300
Fresno, CA (8) (8) (8) $32.35 $67,290
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $31.98 $66,510
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 810 0.87 2.21 $31.94 $66,420
Anchorage, AK 50 0.27 0.68 $31.70 $65,940

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)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 260 0.92 2.35 $21.37 $44,440
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 240 0.92 2.35 $20.17 $41,950
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.48 1.23 $20.05 $41,700
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 170 1.15 2.93 $25.17 $52,360
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 160 1.27 3.24 $19.48 $40,510

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)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 120 1.49 3.79 $19.01 $39,540
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 130 1.34 3.41 $19.96 $41,510
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 160 1.27 3.24 $19.48 $40,510
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 1.24 3.16 $15.85 $32,970
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 170 1.15 2.93 $25.17 $52,360

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)
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.92 $64,310
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 130 0.94 2.39 $26.31 $54,730
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.26 $54,610
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.48 $53,000
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 1.25 $25.45 $52,940


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015