A Funeral Director/Embalmer earns an average salary of $43,790 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.

$28,270 - $65,681
(Median)
$28K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $43,790
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$12.15 - $28.40
(Median)
$12
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,270 - $65,681  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,139  
Profit Sharing
$1,950  
Commission
$1,014 - $9,863  
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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$28,647 - $66,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 235
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $28.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.50  
Overtime
$17.36 - $42.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,139  
   
Commission
$1,014 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$1,950  
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).
)
$28,647 - $66,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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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

  • 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 Funeral Director/Embalmer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Funeral Director/Embalmer Advice

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

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.

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Experience Affects Funeral Director/Embalmer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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