Embalmer Salary

Embalmers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $40K per year. Although a fair number have medical coverage and close to two-fifths have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Embalmers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (61 percent) are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,677 - $54,089
(Median)
$25K
$40K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,183
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$9.92 - $24.87
(Median)
$9
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,677 - $54,089  
   
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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$21,614 - $55,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $24.87  
   
Overtime
$4.21 - $39.65  
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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$21,614 - $55,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $43K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Embalmer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 29%
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