Funeral Director/Embalmer Salary

The average pay for a Funeral Director/Embalmer is $43,326 per year.

$26,750 - $62,656
(Median)
$27K
$43K
$63K
MEDIAN: $43,326
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$12.09 - $25.06
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,750 - $62,656  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$10.21 - $9,787  
Commission
$397.32 - $7,047  
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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$26,578 - $62,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 351
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.09 - $25.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.82  
Overtime
$17.50 - $38.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,087  
   
Commission
$397.32 - $7,047  
Profit Sharing
$10.21 - $9,787  
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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$26,578 - $62,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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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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 19%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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