Funeral Director Salary (United States)

A Funeral Director earns an average salary of $42,347 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Operations Management, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Embalming. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Funeral Director Total Pay (?
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$26,372 - $63,321
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MEDIAN: $42,346
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Funeral Director Total Pay (?
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$10.72 - $25.15
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$26,372 - $63,321  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,119  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $10,256  
Commission
$1,000 - $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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$25,414 - $64,010  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 953
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.72 - $25.15  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $38.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,119  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $11,478  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $10,256  
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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$25,414 - $64,010  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 953
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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
Richmond
up arrow 21%
Pittsburgh
up arrow 12%
Milwaukee
up arrow 5%
National Average
$41,000
Atlanta
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Houston
up arrow 16%
Rochester
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Denver
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Experience Affects Funeral Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%
Experienced
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
National Average
$41,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Funeral Director Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 25%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 21%
up arrow 12%
funeral director
up arrow 8%
Embalmer
0%
National Average
$41,000
Event Planning
up arrow 2%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 151 votes.
Gender
Female
34%
female alumni
 
Male
66%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 35%
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