Title examiners determine whether property can legally be sold. They typically work for insurance companies, real estate companies and law firms. This job does not typically require formal postsecondary education beyond high school; instead, title examiners are trained while on the job by observing more experienced title examiners.
National Average Salary
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, title examiners earned an average of $22.26 an hour and $46,310 a year as of May 2012. Half of American workers employed as title examiners in 2012 reported salaries ranging from $32,580 to $55,520 per year. The lowest-paid 10 percent of title examiners made $26,010 or less per year, while the highest-paid 10 percent made $74,560 or more.
Pay by Employment Sector
Nearly half of all title examiners were employed by law firms in 2012, where they earned an average annual salary of $42,770. Nearly a third of title examiners were employed by insurance carriers, and reported an average salary of $50,540 per year. Real estate firms paid somewhat higher wages, an average of $52,760. The very highest-paid title examiners worked in the mining industry, and reported an average annual salary of $75,700.
Pay by State
As of 2012, title examiners in Alaska reported the highest average salary, $62,670 per year. Those in California earned the second-highest average salary, $61,490 per year, while Connecticut title examiners earned the third-highest salary in the country, $59,570. Other high-paying states with average pay rates of more than $50,000 per year included West Virginia, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, South Carolina, New York and Rhode Island. Arkansas reported the lowest average salary in the country, $31,210.
Approximately 59,000 title examiners were employed in the United States as of 2010, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates. The job outlook for this occupation is not particularly good, partly due to a national slowdown in real estate sales, and partly due to software innovations that increase the average productivity of title examiners. As a result, an estimated 800 fewer jobs are expected to exist by 2020.