Title Examiners in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and approximately half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $41K per year, but may range from $27K to $64K per year. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Title Examiners make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$28,827 - $70,340
$29K
$41K
$70K
MEDIAN: $40,967
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$12.29 - $24.44
$12
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$24
MEDIAN: $17.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,827 - $70,340  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,299 - $64,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 67
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $24.44  
   
Overtime
$17.54 - $35.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,299 - $64,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 52

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Job Description for Title Examiner, Abstractor, or Searcher

Title examiners, sometimes referred to as title abstractors or searchers, are responsible for performing searches on land titles to ensure there are no land-related restrictions that would interfere with the sale or intended use of the property. Title examiners must have excellent research skills and the ability to communicate well with clients, members of the escrow team, and underwriters. They should also be proficient in creating, delivering, and presenting reports and finding the necessary information for properties. Knowledge of software, web resources, and repositories of information is essential in this position, and they must also have an in-depth understanding of situations, laws, and regulations that could affect the title to a piece of land.

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Title Examiner, Abstractor, or Searcher Tasks

  • Search, analyze, and evaluate records on titles to land, homes, and buildings.
  • May prepare leases, grants and deeds.
  • Review data and submit reports.
  • Verify ownership, legal description, and zoning ordinances of properties. Review data and submit reports.

Common Career Paths for Title Examiner, Abstractor, or Searcher


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Though some Title Examiners move into positions like Title Officer (where the average salary is $49K), this progression is not the norm. Many Title Examiners choose to become Abstractors and Title Closing Agents as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $5K less and $2K less, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Title Examiner, Abstractor, or Searcher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $34K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $43K.

Title Examiner, Abstractor, or Searcher Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Title Examiner, Abstractor, or Searcher?

Title Examiner, Abstractor, or Searcher in Fort Worth:
"Research you boss and ask others about the company."
Be very detailed, and don't let other's rush you into finalizing any report's just to meet a deadline.

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Key Stats for Title Examiner, Abstractor, or Searcher

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Title Examiner, Abstractor, or Searcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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