Embalmer Salary

Embalmers in the United States take home approximately $41K per year on average. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Most Embalmers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Embalmers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,613 - $57,847
$25K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,015
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$13.00 - $25.52
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,613 - $57,847  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,500  
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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$25,817 - $58,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $25.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$18.00 - $37.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,500  
   
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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$25,817 - $58,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49

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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

  • 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.
  • Prepare and embalm the deceased for interment or cremation in accordance with legal requirements and with utmost respect for the deceased.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Embalmer

Pay by Experience for an Embalmer has a positive trend. An entry-level Embalmer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 60 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Embalmer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 20 salaries. An experienced Embalmer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 20 salaries. An Embalmer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 24 salaries.

Embalmer Advice

Q: What is it like working as an Embalmer?

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.

Key Stats for Embalmer

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Embalmer Salaries

Experienced
▲27%

Late-Career
▲21%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 22%
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