Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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)
47,840 5.6 % $18.69 $38,880 2.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.88 $12.43 $16.39 $22.26 $30.21
Annual Wage (2) $20,560 $25,840 $34,080 $46,300 $62,840

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
Insurance carriers 18,340 $19.05 $39,620 1 11
Legal services 18,080 $16.12 $33,530 2 17
Activities related to real estate 2,080 $22.25 $46,280 3 5
Local government (OES designation) 790 $16.77 $34,890 4 14
Offices of real estate agents and brokers 770 $16.09 $33,470 5 18

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Oil and gas extraction 550 $27.61 $57,430 6 1
Power generation and supply 60 $27.11 $56,380 20 2
Telecommunications resellers (6) $26.67 $55,480 (6) 3
Support activities for mining (6) $24.73 $51,440 (6) 4
Activities related to real estate 2,080 $22.25 $46,280 3 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
Hawaii 540 $20.00 $41,590 0.098% 206
Utah 930 $22.53 $46,850 0.089% 159
Wyoming 210 $13.07 $27,190 0.087% 310
Oregon 1,160 $21.35 $44,400 0.075% 198
Montana 280 $13.71 $28,510 0.071% 336

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
California 8,580 $25.61 $53,270 0.059% 237
Colorado (6) $22.87 $47,560 (6) 194
Utah 930 $22.53 $46,850 0.089% 159
Nevada 640 $22.47 $46,740 0.060% 180
Oregon 1,160 $21.35 $44,400 0.075% 198

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
Ocala, FL MSA 100 $17.29 $35,960 0.120%
Myrtle Beach, SC MSA 110 $11.15 $23,200 0.108%
Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT MSA 740 $23.20 $48,260 0.107%
Yakima, WA MSA 80 $15.72 $32,710 0.104%
Billings, MT MSA 70 $15.78 $32,830 0.104%

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) $29.28 $60,890 (6)
Sacramento, CA PMSA 470 $28.62 $59,520 0.063%
Memphis, TN-AR-MS MSA 70 $27.72 $57,660 0.012%
Reno, NV MSA 200 $26.81 $55,770 0.102%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 410 $26.10 $54,300 0.042%

About May 2003 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) 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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