Title Examiner, Abstractor, or Searcher Salary

Half of Title Examiners in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $27K to $66K per year, and the average comes out to $45K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Title Examiners enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While close to a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$28,771 - $71,954
$29K
$45K
$72K
MEDIAN: $44,543
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$12.29 - $24.84
$12
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MEDIAN: $17.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,771 - $71,954  
   
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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$26,853 - $65,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $24.84  
   
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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$26,853 - $65,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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 it's uncommon, some Title Examiners move into roles as Title Officers, where pay is an average $49K per year. Many Title Examiners advance into roles as Abstractors or Title Closing Agents, but the median salaries are $6K lower and $3K lower, 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Title Examiners make a median salary of $47K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $43K on average.

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
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Title Examiner, Abstractor, or Searcher Salaries

Experienced
▲18%

Mid-Career
▲12%

Late-Career
▲8%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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