A Funeral Director earns an average salary of $42,034 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Operations Management, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Embalming.Pay goes up steadily as a this job becomes more experienced.
Funeral Director Total Pay (?
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$27,028 - $62,226
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MEDIAN: $42,034
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Funeral Director Total Pay (?
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$10.24 - $24.92
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,028 - $62,226  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,444  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $9,744  
Commission
$811 - $10,191  
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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$25,269 - $63,801  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,073
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.24 - $24.92  
   
Overtime
$14.76 - $37.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,444  
   
Commission
$811 - $10,191  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $9,744  
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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$25,269 - $63,801  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,073
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Funeral Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Pittsburgh
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National Average
$41,000
Houston
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Rochester
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Experience Affects Funeral Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%
Experienced
up arrow 18%
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
National Average
$41,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Funeral Director Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 26%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 22%
up arrow 17%
funeral director
up arrow 9%
Embalmer
up arrow 3%
National Average
$41,000
Event Planning
up arrow 1%
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 148 votes.
Gender
Female
36%
female alumni
 
Male
64%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 34%
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