Title Examiners in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $41K annually on average. Most Title Examiners survey respondents are women (73 percent). Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a little more than half get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Title Examiners, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$28,436 - $70,156
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$70K
MEDIAN: $41,326
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$12.09 - $23.21
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,436 - $70,156  
   
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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$26,937 - $59,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.09 - $23.21  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $33.70  
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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$26,937 - $59,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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

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

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Title Examiners who advance into the role of a Title Officer are fairly uncommon. Title Officers on average earn $49K per year. Many Title Examiners go on to become Abstractors or Title Closing Agents despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $4K lower and $2K 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $43K. Title Examiners see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $42K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Title Examiner, Abstractor, or Searcher Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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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Experience Affects Title Examiner, Abstractor, or Searcher Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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