Embalmer Salary

Embalmers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $40K per year on average. Work is enjoyable for Embalmers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and about two-fifths get dental coverage, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,088 - $54,341

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$9.96 - $24.87

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,088 - $54,341  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,128  
Total Pay (?
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$22,039 - $55,782  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $24.87  
   
Overtime
$4.58 - $39.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,128  
   
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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$22,039 - $55,782  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $42K. For Embalmers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Embalmers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $43K.

Embalmer Advice

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Experience Affects Embalmer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 27%
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