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Title Examiner, Abstractor, and Searcher Salary Information

The salary statistics of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The title examiners, abstractors, and searchers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Title Examiner, Abstractor, and Searcher Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,620
25th Percentile Wage
$34,800
50th Percentile Wage
$45,800
75th Percentile Wage
$60,520
90th Percentile Wage
$81,800

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) title examiners, abstractors, and searchers is $81,800. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,800. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,620. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 196% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201645,8003.12%8.36%
201544,3702.91%-
201443,0800.58%-
201342,8302.01%-
201241,970--

Table 2. Title Examiner, Abstractor, and Searcher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers in 15 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $77,390. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $33,220).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$77,390
Utilities
$62,210
Transportation and Warehousing
$60,330
Construction
$58,000
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$50,840
Finance and Insurance
$48,400
Federal, State, and Local Government
$47,530
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$47,210
Health Care and Social Assistance
$45,420
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$42,630
Information
$39,770
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$39,560
Wholesale Trade
$34,910
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$34,590
Retail Trade
$33,220

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers by States

From the above tables we note that not only title examiners, abstractors, and searchers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $24,450 to $61,530. The highest paying state for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers is Oregon with a median annual salary of $61,530. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $24,450. For more salary information of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Oregon
$61,530
Massachusetts
$61,450
Alaska
$61,380
North Dakota
$57,280
Nevada
$56,490
Rhode Island
$56,230
New York
$54,360
Texas
$54,210
Hawaii
$53,400
Colorado
$53,240
Arizona
$53,080
California
$52,340
Minnesota
$51,050
Connecticut
$50,860
West Virginia
$50,440
Idaho
$50,030
Maine
$47,960
Wyoming
$47,280
South Dakota
$46,000
Delaware
$45,760
Washington
$45,400
New Jersey
$45,160
South Carolina
$45,090
Missouri
$44,680
Utah
$44,650
New Mexico
$44,070
Maryland
$43,430
Florida
$43,410
Wisconsin
$43,050
New Hampshire
$42,370
Montana
$42,090
Louisiana
$41,260
Michigan
$40,850
North Carolina
$40,800
Ohio
$40,480
Pennsylvania
$40,310
Mississippi
$39,810
Kentucky
$39,730
Oklahoma
$39,150
Virginia
$38,090
Illinois
$37,370
Nebraska
$36,570
Kansas
$36,150
Tennessee
$35,610
Indiana
$35,380
Alabama
$34,480
Arkansas
$31,250
Iowa
$30,760
Guam
$27,440
Puerto Rico
$24,450


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