Title Examiner, Abstractor, or Searcher Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Title Examiners in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $40K per year. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Title Examiners making up 78 percent. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and nearly one-half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Title Examiners. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$27,086 - $70,234
(Median)
$27K
$40K
$70K
MEDIAN: $40,381
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$10.02 - $23.78
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$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$27,086 - $70,234  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,182  
Profit Sharing
$1,830  
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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$24,423 - $60,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.02 - $23.78  
   
Overtime
$14.48 - $36.14  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,182  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,830  
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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$24,423 - $60,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Title Officer. The latter position pays an average of $47K annually.

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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.


For many Title Examiners, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $33K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Title Examiners make a median salary of $39K. Title Examiners who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $52K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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