Funeral Director Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Funeral Director is $42,864 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Oral / Verbal Communication and Embalming.
Funeral Director Salary (?
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$27,038 - $63,404
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $42,864
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Funeral Director Salary (?
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$10.81 - $25.02
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,038 - $63,404  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,082  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $9,899  
Commission
$950 - $11,478  
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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$25,705 - $63,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 593
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.81 - $25.02  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $38.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,082  
   
Commission
$950 - $11,478  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $9,899  
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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$25,705 - $63,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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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.

Pay Difference By Location

Minneapolis
up arrow 43%
Boston
up arrow 32%
Milwaukee
up arrow 8%
Seattle
up arrow 7%
Atlanta
up arrow 2%
National Average
$42,000
Chicago
up arrow 8%
Rochester
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Houston
up arrow 18%
Denver
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Experience Affects Funeral Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%
Experienced
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
0%
National Average
$42,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Funeral Director Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 21%
Embalming
up arrow 15%
funeral director
up arrow 8%
National Average
$42,000
Embalmer
up arrow 1%
Event Planning
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
37%
female alumni
 
Male
63%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 35%