Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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.

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)
57,930 7.1 % $18.95 $39,420 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.08 $12.73 $16.72 $22.43 $30.07
Annual Wage (2) $20,960 $26,480 $34,780 $46,660 $62,550

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Legal services 24,870 $17.05 $35,460
Insurance carriers 20,600 $20.02 $41,640
Activities related to real estate 2,940 $28.72 $59,740
Oil and gas extraction 1,460 $20.94 $43,560
Local government (OES designation) 1,080 $16.20 $33,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Activities related to real estate 2,940 $28.72 $59,740
Support activities for water transportation (7) $26.80 $55,750
Support activities for mining (7) $25.83 $53,720
Power generation and supply 40 $24.57 $51,100
Residential building construction 80 $22.88 $47,580

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
Utah 1,190 $22.73 $47,280 0.110%
Oklahoma 1,480 $18.23 $37,910 0.103%
Idaho 590 $16.36 $34,020 0.101%
Nevada 1,020 $20.01 $41,630 0.088%
Nebraska 740 $15.81 $32,890 0.083%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 7,890 $27.03 $56,230 0.054%
New Mexico 490 $25.11 $52,240 0.065%
Connecticut 90 $23.21 $48,290 0.005%
Oregon 1,040 $23.16 $48,160 0.066%
Minnesota 1,220 $22.92 $47,680 0.046%

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
Omaha, NE-IA MSA 590 $15.69 $32,640 0.142%
Tulsa, OK MSA 470 $20.59 $42,840 0.124%
Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT MSA 870 $22.34 $46,470 0.123%
Pittsburgh, PA MSA 1,310 $14.22 $29,580 0.121%
Ocala, FL MSA 100 $14.87 $30,930 0.111%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, CA MSA 170 $35.09 $72,990 0.099%
Albuquerque, NM MSA 240 $34.66 $72,090 0.069%
San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles, CA MSA 40 $31.82 $66,180 0.039%
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 40 $30.09 $62,580 0.021%
San Jose, CA PMSA 130 $27.80 $57,820 0.015%

About November 2004 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) Estimate not released.

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November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 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: November 9, 2005

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