Legal support workers (specialized areas)
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Overview
Search real estate records, examine titles, or summarize pertinent legal or insurance documents or 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.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers are expected to grow by 4%, and should have about 6,200 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers are more likely to be automated than 98% of other careers.
Workforce size
Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers, with 69,000 workers, are near the middle of all careers in the number employed.
Education
Only 42% of legal support workers (specialized areas) have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by legal support workers (specialized areas)
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More legal support workers (specialized areas) have bachelor's degrees than 64% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 52% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most title examiners, abstractors, and searchers.
This job's median $47KAll jobs' median $39K$46K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 72% of legal support workers (specialized areas) -- that's a larger percentage than 85% of other jobs.
Gender of legal support workers (specialized areas)
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For legal support workers (specialized areas), the median men's salary was 31% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 18% of legal support workers (specialized areas) are minority, and 9% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of legal support workers (specialized areas)
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (9%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 55% of legal support workers (specialized areas), and 67% have company-sponsored health insurance (19% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for legal support workers (specialized areas)
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 42% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (89%)
  • Consequence of Error (56%)
  • Degree of Automation (52%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do legal support workers (specialized areas) earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group legal support workers (specialized areas), which combines the data for 3 careers, including title examiners, abstractors, and searchers. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers (BLS Salary Data)
$47K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all legal support workers (specialized areas), and then we show how the median (middle) salary for legal support workers (specialized areas) compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for legal support workers (specialized areas) (ACS Salary Data)
$49K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
$49K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where title examiners, abstractors, and searchers work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Legal support workers (specialized areas) (ACS)
Private for-profit (56.1%)
Private not-for-profit (4.6%)
Local government (8.6%)
State government (8.3%)
Federal government (10.8%)
Self-employed incorporated (4.5%)
Self-employed not incorporated (7.0%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of legal support workers (specialized areas) by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of legal support workers (specialized areas), which combines the 3 specialties for this career.
$49K$40K$44K$52K$48K$86K$52K$51K$75K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Working without paySelf-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty title examiners, abstractors, and searchers, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$47K$63K$43K$47K$52K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for legal support workers (specialized areas)

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Legal support workers (specialized areas) and gender

With 72% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 85% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
72%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Gender of Legal support workers (specialized areas)
Men (28%)
Women (72%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%, and the difference for legal support workers (specialized areas) tops that, with the median salary for men 31% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$46K$60K$0$50K$100K$150KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Legal support workers (specialized areas) have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 80% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of legal support workers (specialized areas)

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. The percentage of minority legal support workers (specialized areas) falls in about the middle of all careers' percentages. There is a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of legal support workers (specialized areas)
White (80% )
Black (9% )
Asian (5% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (2% )
American Indian (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
18%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
9%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for legal support workers (specialized areas) by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$34K$46K$48K$53K$73K$0$50K$100K$150KHispanicBlackWhiteMultiracialAsian
Distribution: Salaries for legal support workers (specialized areas) by nativity
$48K$54K$0$50K$100K$150KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), title examiners, abstractors, and searchers typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as legal support workers (specialized areas) as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for legal support workers (specialized areas).

Education attained by legal support workers (specialized areas)
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for legal support workers (specialized areas)? Below we see the distribution of legal support workers (specialized areas) salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as legal support workers (specialized areas), and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$36K$41K$46K$51K$52K$65K$78K$104K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (1%)High School (17%)Some College (25%)Associate's Degree (14%)Bachelor's Degree (30%)Master's Degree (7%)Professional Deg/Doct (3%)Doctorate (1%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by legal support workers (specialized areas)

This table shows the college majors held by people working as legal support workers (specialized areas). Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Legal support workers (specialized areas) with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
5.3%
$0$200K$53K
4.9%
$0$200K$63K
4.2%
$0$200K$97K
3.6%
$0$200K$60K
2.7%
$0$200K$73K
2.6%
$0$200K$60K
2.4%
$0$200K$54K
2.4%
$0$200K$72K
2.4%
$0$200K$56K
1.8%
$0$200K$87K
1.7%
$0$200K$63K
1.7%
$0$200K$67K
1.5%
$0$200K$89K
1.3%
$0$200K$73K
1.3%
$0$200K$57K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as legal support workers (specialized areas), and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by legal support workers (specialized areas) given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Managers (specialized areas)Accountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesChief executives and legislatorsSecretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersLawyers, judges, and magistratesElementary and middle school teachersPostsecondary teachersManagement analystsEducation administratorsCounselorsSocial workersPsychologistsPhysicians and surgeonsPolice officersProbation officers and correctional treatment specialistsSecurity Guards and Gaming Surveillance OfficersBailiffs, correctional officers, and jailersDetectives and criminal investigatorsFirst-Line Supervisors of Police and DetectivesRetail salespersonsApplications and systems software developersElectrical and electronics engineersEngineers (specialized areas)Architectural and engineering managersComputer and information systems managersComputer programmersCivil engineersSecondary school teachersEditorsWriters and authorsPersonal financial advisorsMarket research analysts and marketing specialistsCustomer service representativesService sales representativesBusiness Management andAdministrationPolitical Science andGovernmentPsychologyCriminal Justice and FireProtectionGeneral BusinessElectrical EngineeringEnglish Language andLiteratureHistoryEconomicsMarketingAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for legal support workers (specialized areas)

What jobs will most legal support workers (specialized areas) hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of legal support workers (specialized areas) reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Legal support workers (specialized areas)Paralegals and legal assistantsSecretaries and administrative assistantsGeneral office clerksOffice and administrative support workersLawyers, judges, and magistratesManagers (specialized areas)First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersBill and account collectorsReal estate brokers and sales agentsCompliance officersAccountants and auditors
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for legal support workers (specialized areas)

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 8 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as legal support workers (specialized areas) as well as 1% of respondents after working as legal support workers (specialized areas). Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for legal support workers (specialized areas)
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Secretaries and administrative assistants
395,200
$0$200K$36K
General office clerks
356,600
$0$200K$33K
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
153,100
$0$200K$48K
Accountants and auditors
143,000
$0$200K$60K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Lawyers, judges, and magistrates
44,000
$0$200K$93K
Paralegals and legal assistants
34,800
$0$200K$47K
Office and administrative support workers
30,900
$0$200K$40K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for legal support workers (specialized areas): full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as legal support workers (specialized areas)? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of legal support workers (specialized areas) surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for legal support workers (specialized areas)
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Secretaries and administrative assistants
395,200
$0$200K$36K
4.0%
General office clerks
356,600
$0$200K$33K
2.6%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
153,100
$0$200K$48K
1.5%
Accountants and auditors
143,000
$0$200K$60K
1.5%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
2.3%
Lawyers, judges, and magistrates
44,000
$0$200K$93K
1.6%
Paralegals and legal assistants
34,800
$0$200K$47K
3.8%
Office and administrative support workers
30,900
$0$200K$40K
2.3%
File clerks
14,200
$0$200K$32K
1.7%
Legal support workers (specialized areas)
12,400
$0$200K$49K
48.3%
No occupation
7.2%
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers
Choose actual dollars or inflation-adjusted dollars to view
Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 52% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

This job's median $47KAll jobs' median $39K$46K$38K200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers are anticipated to grow by 4% over the next decade; 67% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most title examiners, abstractors, and searchers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as title examiners, abstractors, and searchers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all legal support workers (specialized areas), comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where title examiners, abstractors, and searchers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for legal support workers (specialized areas) compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for legal support workers (specialized areas).

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all legal support workers (specialized areas), which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which title examiners, abstractors, and searchers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Legal support workers (specialized areas) (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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