Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

23-2093 Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers

Search real estate records, examine titles, or summarize pertinent legal or insurance 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.

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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)
48,060 5.6 % $17.93 $37,300 3.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.49 $11.76 $15.68 $21.38 $28.99
Annual Wage (2) $19,740 $24,460 $32,610 $44,460 $60,290

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Legal services 21,700 $15.68 $32,620 1 21
Insurance carriers 15,930 $17.90 $37,230 2 14
Activities related to real estate 1,340 $24.56 $51,080 3 6
Management of companies and enterprises 750 $21.72 $45,190 4 7
Offices of real estate agents and brokers 720 $15.04 $31,290 5 24

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Oil and gas extraction 500 $29.24 $60,820 9 1
Wired telecommunications carriers 290 $28.54 $59,360 12 2
Power generation and supply 60 $27.01 $56,180 24 3
Telecommunications resellers 200 $26.23 $54,560 16 4
Support activities for mining (6) $24.57 $51,100 (6) 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Wyoming 190 $12.51 $26,020 0.079% 298
Utah 830 $20.82 $43,300 0.079% 166
Idaho 330 $16.18 $33,650 0.058% 227
California 7,970 $25.70 $53,460 0.055% 203
Nevada 480 $21.12 $43,920 0.045% 192

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
California 7,970 $25.70 $53,460 0.055% 203
Nevada 480 $21.12 $43,920 0.045% 192
Utah 830 $20.82 $43,300 0.079% 166
Alaska (6) $20.71 $43,070 (6) 201
Colorado (6) $17.75 $36,920 (6) 293

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Eugene-Springfield, OR MSA 170 $19.07 $39,670 0.123%
Salem, OR PMSA 150 $21.89 $45,530 0.111%
Evansville-Henderson, IN-KY MSA 170 $12.38 $25,750 0.111%
Green Bay, WI MSA 140 $14.23 $29,590 0.099%
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR MSA 160 $11.89 $24,730 0.099%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA (6) $29.36 $61,070 (6)
Memphis, TN-AR-MS MSA (6) $28.68 $59,660 (6)
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA PMSA 350 $27.60 $57,420 0.033%
San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles, CA MSA 60 $25.93 $53,930 0.059%
San Jose, CA PMSA (6) $25.59 $53,220 (6)

About 2002 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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