Funeral Director/Embalmer Salary

The average pay for a Funeral Director/Embalmer is $45,141 per year.

$30,312 - $65,475
$30K
$45K
$65K
MEDIAN: $45,141
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$12.16 - $28.67
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MEDIAN: $19.84
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,312 - $65,475  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,307  
Profit Sharing
$710 - $9,318  
Commission
$1,030 - $48,479  
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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$30,140 - $69,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.16 - $28.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.50  
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,307  
   
Commission
$1,030 - $48,479  
Profit Sharing
$710 - $9,318  
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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$30,140 - $69,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 123

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Job Description for Funeral Director/Embalmer

Generally, a funeral director/embalmer carries out funeral arrangements and embalms the deceased. The director will work with families and help them choose plans involving things such as cremation or burial services, memorial services, decorations, and caskets. It is essential to be both caring and highly professional, as customers are always going through a difficult time.

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Funeral Director/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 Funeral Director/Embalmer

Pay by Experience for a Funeral Director/Embalmer has a positive trend. An entry-level Funeral Director/Embalmer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 128 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Funeral Director/Embalmer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 87 salaries. An experienced Funeral Director/Embalmer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 99 salaries. A Funeral Director/Embalmer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 112 salaries.

Funeral Director/Embalmer Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Funeral Director/Embalmer?

Funeral Director/Embalmer in Richmond:
"The bad hours, lack of family time, and the physical wear and."
Be careful how you move with heavy weights even if you're young. Go into another field. This is a tough job mentally and physically. When you interview, dress in a suit. Take out visible body modifications. Men get a haircut, unless religious beliefs forbid it. If you get the job respect those who have been in the business for years. Stress level can be very high.

Key Stats for Funeral Director/Embalmer

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Funeral Director/Embalmer Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
▼1%

Entry-Level
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 37%
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