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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,600
25th Percentile Wage
$35,260
50th Percentile Wage
$46,850
75th Percentile Wage
$60,830
90th Percentile Wage
$79,120

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 $79,120. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $46,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,600. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 186% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of title examiners, abstractors, and searchers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$46,850
2.24% 10.42%
2016
$45,800
3.12% -
2015
$44,370
2.91% -
2014
$43,080
0.58% -
2013
$42,830
2.01% -
2012
$41,970
- -

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 $68,620. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $33,520).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$68,620
Utilities
$61,970
Transportation and Warehousing
$60,330
Construction
$55,110
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$54,520
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$51,290
Finance and Insurance
$48,850
Federal, State, and Local Government
$47,960
Health Care and Social Assistance
$45,350
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$44,630
Wholesale Trade
$41,040
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$39,210
Information
$38,860
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$34,590
Retail Trade
$33,520

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 $24,460 to $68,730. The highest paying state for title examiners, abstractors, and searchers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $68,730. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $24,460. 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
District of Columbia
$68,730
Alaska
$61,630
Oregon
$60,850
West Virginia
$58,440
California
$57,640
Colorado
$56,940
New York
$56,450
North Dakota
$56,390
Rhode Island
$55,810
Minnesota
$55,660
Idaho
$55,430
Massachusetts
$55,410
Hawaii
$55,070
Arizona
$53,490
South Dakota
$51,260
Maine
$50,870
Texas
$49,990
Connecticut
$48,950
New Jersey
$48,920
Vermont
$48,040
Wyoming
$46,200
Washington
$46,080
Ohio
$46,040
Delaware
$45,760
New Mexico
$45,660
Maryland
$45,350
Missouri
$45,020
Florida
$44,370
Pennsylvania
$44,080
Utah
$43,680
North Carolina
$43,530
Nevada
$43,050
New Hampshire
$42,810
Wisconsin
$42,770
Montana
$42,760
Louisiana
$40,150
Oklahoma
$39,700
Kansas
$39,350
Virginia
$39,170
Nebraska
$39,160
Michigan
$38,980
Tennessee
$38,280
Illinois
$37,900
Kentucky
$37,110
South Carolina
$37,090
Alabama
$36,760
Indiana
$34,870
Mississippi
$34,690
Georgia
$34,250
Arkansas
$30,090
Iowa
$29,840
Guam
$27,440
Puerto Rico
$24,460



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