Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

23-2093 Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers

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National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
48,620 3.8 % $18.50 $38,490 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.83 $12.32 $16.30 $21.91 $28.86
Annual Wage (2) $20,440 $25,620 $33,910 $45,570 $60,020

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Insurance carriers 19,210 $19.66 $40,880
Legal services 18,750 $16.17 $33,640
Activities related to real estate 2,520 $26.62 $55,380
Oil and gas extraction 1,060 $21.29 $44,290
Insurance agencies, brokerages, and related 980 $25.06 $52,120

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Support activities for water transportation (7) $29.70 $61,770
Activities related to real estate 2,520 $26.62 $55,380
Power generation and supply 70 $25.50 $53,050
Insurance agencies, brokerages, and related 980 $25.06 $52,120
Residential building construction 80 $21.41 $44,530

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
Hawaii 610 $19.51 $40,590 0.109%
Arkansas 1,070 $11.74 $24,430 0.096%
Idaho 540 $15.96 $33,200 0.096%
Wyoming 210 $13.51 $28,100 0.087%
Montana 300 $13.91 $28,930 0.076%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 7,160 $25.06 $52,130 0.050%
New Mexico 490 $24.21 $50,360 0.066%
Utah 640 $23.03 $47,900 0.061%
Nevada 570 $21.94 $45,630 0.052%
Connecticut 160 $21.74 $45,210 0.010%

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
Honolulu, HI MSA 480 $18.21 $37,870 0.121%
Missoula, MT MSA 60 $14.59 $30,350 0.110%
Tulsa, OK MSA 390 $19.64 $40,840 0.106%
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR MSA 320 $14.97 $31,130 0.106%
Jamestown, NY MSA 50 $11.66 $24,250 0.093%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Oakland, CA PMSA 680 $30.75 $63,970 0.068%
Albuquerque, NM MSA 290 $29.33 $61,010 0.084%
Reno, NV MSA 140 $28.66 $59,620 0.071%
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 110 $27.27 $56,720 0.058%
Dallas, TX PMSA 1,160 $26.63 $55,390 0.062%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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