Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

23-2093 Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers

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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)
49,760 3.8 % $21.56 $44,850 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.97 $15.19 $19.60 $25.91 $34.38
Annual Wage (2) $24,900 $31,590 $40,760 $53,900 $71,510


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 22,870 2.05 $20.02 $41,650
Insurance Carriers 15,140 1.30 $22.69 $47,200
Activities Related to Real Estate 2,890 0.53 $24.28 $50,500
Local Government (OES Designation) 910 0.02 $19.74 $41,060
Oil and Gas Extraction 890 0.55 $38.36 $79,800

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 22,870 2.05 $20.02 $41,650
Insurance Carriers 15,140 1.30 $22.69 $47,200
Oil and Gas Extraction 890 0.55 $38.36 $79,800
Activities Related to Real Estate 2,890 0.53 $24.28 $50,500
Other Information Services 370 0.25 $19.10 $39,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 890 0.55 $38.36 $79,800
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 220 0.01 $30.07 $62,530
Support Activities for Mining 70 0.02 $28.60 $59,490
Lessors of Real Estate 110 0.02 $27.44 $57,080
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 340 0.03 $25.25 $52,510


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 6,860 0.67 1.72 $23.82 $49,540
Florida 4,370 0.61 1.57 $19.64 $40,860
California 4,290 0.31 0.79 $27.70 $57,610
New York 3,300 0.39 1.01 $25.28 $52,570
Pennsylvania 2,570 0.46 1.19 $18.85 $39,200




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)
Montana 440 1.04 2.69 $20.16 $41,920
Wyoming 270 1.01 2.60 $19.37 $40,290
Idaho 540 0.91 2.34 $20.69 $43,030
New Mexico 580 0.75 1.93 $21.19 $44,070
Texas 6,860 0.67 1.72 $23.82 $49,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 80 0.26 0.66 $32.22 $67,020
West Virginia 140 0.19 0.50 $28.98 $60,280
Oregon 670 0.42 1.09 $28.26 $58,770
California 4,290 0.31 0.79 $27.70 $57,610
Connecticut 70 0.04 0.11 $26.53 $55,190





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)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,900 0.93 2.39 $22.52 $46,840
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.26 0.67 $29.44 $61,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,230 0.32 0.83 $23.48 $48,830
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,170 0.46 1.18 $32.48 $67,550
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.91 2.34 $22.79 $47,400
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,050 0.95 2.46 $17.64 $36,690
Pittsburgh, PA 950 0.85 2.20 $16.74 $34,820
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 830 0.23 0.60 $24.08 $50,090
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.58 1.49 $27.46 $57,110
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 780 0.46 1.19 $24.79 $51,560




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)
Waco, TX 210 2.14 5.52 $17.53 $36,470
Billings, MT 160 1.98 5.10 $20.36 $42,350
Tyler, TX 170 1.84 4.75 $25.23 $52,470
Casper, WY 50 1.18 3.03 $22.50 $46,800
Fond du Lac, WI 50 1.16 2.99 $14.84 $30,870
Boise City-Nampa, ID 250 0.99 2.55 $22.25 $46,290
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,050 0.95 2.46 $17.64 $36,690
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,900 0.93 2.39 $22.52 $46,840
Cheyenne, WY 40 0.93 2.41 $24.10 $50,120
Las Cruces, NM 60 0.92 2.38 $15.82 $32,900




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)
Anchorage, AK 70 0.39 1.00 $33.07 $68,780
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.41 1.05 $32.66 $67,930
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,170 0.46 1.18 $32.48 $67,550
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 330 0.41 1.05 $30.30 $63,030
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.26 0.67 $29.92 $62,220
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $29.56 $61,490
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.26 0.67 $29.44 $61,240
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 420 0.34 0.88 $28.98 $60,290
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA (8) (8) (8) $28.71 $59,720
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.58 1.49 $27.46 $57,110

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 290 0.76 1.96 $25.25 $52,520
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 230 1.36 3.51 $17.52 $36,440
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 210 1.50 3.86 $21.15 $43,990
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.47 3.79 $23.35 $48,570
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.81 2.09 $17.69 $36,800

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)
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 1.63 4.20 $13.44 $27,960
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 100 1.60 4.13 $15.37 $31,960
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 210 1.50 3.86 $21.15 $43,990
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.47 3.79 $23.35 $48,570
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 1.36 3.52 $14.96 $31,120

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)
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 0.81 2.09 $30.08 $62,570
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.43 1.12 $28.71 $59,720
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.16 $58,560
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.52 $57,240
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.76 1.96 $26.67 $55,460


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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