The average Embalmer in the United States earns approximately $41K per year. Most Embalmers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Embalmers (53 percent) survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,805 - $58,552
$25K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,195
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$13.49 - $24.56
$13
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MEDIAN: $17.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,805 - $58,552  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
Commission
$4,000  
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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$26,271 - $58,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.49 - $24.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$4.07 - $37.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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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$26,271 - $58,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55

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Job Description for Embalmer

Embalmers typically work for private funeral homes or companies that handle death preparation services for family members. They need to be licensed by the state they work in. Often, their positions require a bachelor’s degree in a related field.

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Embalmer Tasks

  • 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.
  • Prepare and embalm the deceased for interment or cremation in accordance with legal requirements and with utmost respect for the deceased.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Embalmer

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $35K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $42K. Embalmers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $49K.

Embalmer Advice

Q: What is it like working as an Embalmer?

Embalmer in Los Angeles:
"Stress levels."
Must be compassionate, artistic, patient and strong minded. Must be able to handle stressful deadlines and remain focused in order to achieve overall goals.

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.

Key Stats for Embalmer

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
044
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Embalmer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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