Embalmer Salary

Embalmers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $40K annually. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and about two in five claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Embalmers (63 percent) survey respondents are male. The majority of Embalmers claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$24,278 - $54,408
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,098
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90%

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$9.91 - $24.91
(Median)
$9
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,278 - $54,408  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,104  
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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$21,414 - $56,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $24.91  
   
Overtime
$4.21 - $39.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,104  
   
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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$21,414 - $56,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56

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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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $33K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $40K. Embalmers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Embalmers report making only $42K on average.

Embalmer Advice

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

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"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 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 31%