Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers
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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.
Titles for this career often contain these words
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Education
Only 38% of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by title examiners, abstractors, and searchers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
This is near the middle of all careeers' percentages of bachelor's holders.
Employment
Workforce size
Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers, with 62,600 workers, are near the middle of all careers in the number employed.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers are expected to shrink by 0%, and should have about 5,500 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers are more likely to be automated than 98% of other careers.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most title examiners, abstractors, and searchers earn.
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Gender
Women account for 71% of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers -- that's a larger percentage than 81% of other jobs.
Gender of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For title examiners, abstractors, and searchers, the median men's salary was 41% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 17% of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers are minority, and 9% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers
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. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Worker concerns
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:
Salary and diversity
What do title examiners, abstractors, and searchers earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries. This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire title examiners, abstractors, and searchers.
Employers of Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers (ACS)
Private for-profit (61.4%)
Private not-for-profit (2.6%)
Local government (7.0%)
State government (7.4%)
Federal government (9.9%)
Self-employed incorporated (5.2%)
Self-employed not incorporated (6.4%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$50K$54K$55K$44K$48K$52K$50K$99K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Self-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.
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers and gender

With 71% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 81% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers
Men (29%)
Women (71%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%, and the difference for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers tops that, with the median salary for men 41% higher than the median salary for women.

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Context: Salary Inequity

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 all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers have one of the more significant inequity issues, with the increase in men's median salary over women's median salary even higher than that for 92% of other jobs.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a smaller percentage of minority title examiners, abstractors, and searchers than for 65% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers
White (81% )
Black (7% )
Asian (6% )
Multiracial (3% )
Other (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers 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.

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Distribution: Salaries for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers by nativity
$49K$58K$0$50K$100K$150KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 13% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 51% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time title examiners, abstractors, and searchers is shown following.

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Pathways to this career
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 title examiners, abstractors, and searchers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Education attained by title examiners, abstractors, and searchers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers? Below we see the distribution of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers salaries based on the education attained.

$41K$43K$47K$48K$54K$78K$86K$105K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (2%)High School (23%)Some College (24%)Associate's/Cert. (13%)Bachelor's Degree (27%)Master's Degree (7%)Professional Degree (3%)Doctorate (1%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click the program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Associate's degree or certificate
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Variation by state
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.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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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 title examiners, abstractors, and searchers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers.

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.

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Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
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BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers (BLS)
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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