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Embalmer Salary

Pay for Embalmers in the United States is very modest at just $40K annually. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Embalmers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by roughly two-fifths. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$24,588 - $53,240
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MEDIAN: $39,827
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$9.83 - $24.79
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,588 - $53,240  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,153  
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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$21,098 - $55,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $24.79  
   
Overtime
$5.15 - $40.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,153  
   
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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$21,098 - $55,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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Job Description for Embalmer

  • Organize the transport of the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home and from the funeral home to the cemetery.
  • Assist families in making funeral arrangements and advise them on the financial obstacles they face.
  • Prepare and embalm the deceased for interment or cremation in accordance with legal requirements and with utmost respect for the deceased.
  • File burial permits and complete all necessary paperwork related to the death process.
  • Properly and safely utilize embalming instruments and machinery in accordance with company guidelines.

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Pay by Experience Level for Embalmer

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


For Embalmers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. On average, Embalmers make $42K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $43K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Embalmer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Embalmer in Gilmer:
"It Ain't The Movies."
Shadow and listen to everything the licensed person has to tell you. Most are there to help. You can learn something from everyone. Settle for being nothing than the very best.

Experience Affects Embalmer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 33%