It's impossible to make it big as a Embalmers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $40K annually. For the most part, Embalmers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. Women Embalmers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,348 - $57,202
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$24K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,444
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$12.67 - $25.19
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$13
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$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,348 - $57,202  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
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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$25,584 - $57,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.67 - $25.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$4.21 - $37.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
   
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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$25,584 - $57,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $35K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $41K. Embalmers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $47K.

Embalmer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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.

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Experience Affects Embalmer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 34%

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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