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.
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.Read More...
Embalmers’ work is both physical and mental. They must be able to lift at least 50 pounds, be capable of standing on their feet for long periods, and use their fine motor skills to embalm, dress, style, and put makeup on their deceased clients. Embalmers may also work on maintaining the funeral home before and after events, including receiving and setting up caskets for viewings. They may also have to have a driver’s license to pick up bodies from different facilities.
Embalmers must also be proficient in computer programs to keep track of their job duties and communicate with other staff. They work alongside funeral directors, apprentice embalmers, and receptionists. Embalmers may also work with family members of the deceased to figure out their specific style of clothing and makeup preferences. Embalmers work mainly indoors in embalming rooms, where equipment is sterilized and must follow specific health instructions about dealing with embalming fluid. They use scientific and medical equipment during embalming. They keep records and paperwork for each separate process. Embalmers may work a variable schedule, but most work five days a week for a typical 40-hour workweek.
- 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.