Embalmer Salary

Pay for Embalmers in the United States is very modest at just $40K per year. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than two-fifths have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Embalmers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$23,898 - $55,283
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,465
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90%

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$10.19 - $24.99
(Median)
$10
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,898 - $55,283  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,000  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$22,531 - $56,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $24.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$3.93 - $38.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$22,531 - $56,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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

  • 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Embalmers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $44K.

Embalmer Advice

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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.

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Experience Affects Embalmer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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