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Funeral Director Salary

The average salary for a Funeral Director is $42,901 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Oral / Verbal Communication and Embalming.
$27,347 - $64,019
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MEDIAN: $42,901
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$10.46 - $25.24
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,347 - $64,019  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,043  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,243  
Commission
$800 - $16,000  
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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$25,659 - $64,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 562
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.46 - $25.24  
   
Overtime
$15.40 - $39.36  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,043  
   
Commission
$800 - $16,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,243  
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).
)
$25,659 - $64,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 273
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Job Description for Funeral Director

While it may not seem like the most upbeat position to have, funeral directors perform an extremely important service for those who are in grief. The funeral director is responsible for the completion of the funeral rites. This typically includes embalming the body, the cremation or burial of the deceased, and the arrangement of the funeral ceremony. The funeral director is also responsible for making the corpse look acceptable for public viewing; this may include dressing or applying makeup to the deceased.

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Funeral Director Tasks

  • Assist families in making funeral arrangements and advise them on the financial obstacles they face.
  • Organize the transport of the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home and from the funeral home to the cemetery.
  • File burial permits and complete all necessary paperwork related to the death process.

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Pay by Experience Level for Funeral Director

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

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Experience Affects Funeral Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Funeral Director Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 20%

Embalming
up arrow 15%

funeral director
up arrow 7%

National Average
$42,000

Embalmer
up arrow 1%

Event Planning
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 37%