Mortician Salary

An average Mortician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $40K per year. Men account for the majority of Morticians who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by nearly two in five. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$24,443 - $60,153
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MEDIAN: $40,301
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$12.49 - $29.92
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,443 - $60,153  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,945  
Total Pay (?
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$24,957 - $62,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.49 - $29.92  
   
Overtime
$19.16 - $38.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,945  
   
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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$24,957 - $62,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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Job Description for Mortician

Morticians prepare bodies for cremation or burial. They are usually formally trained at a mortuary college or via an apprenticeship. When morticians gains possession of a body, they begin the ceremonial rites. They first disinfect the body with a germicide. They then drain all the blood from the blood vessels of the deceased. Morticians then fill the blood vessels with embalming fluid and dyes to preserve the condition of the body, delay any decay or infection and to help the body to look healthy for a funeral service or viewing. Morticians also position the body in the casket to help it look more presentable.

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Mortician Tasks

  • Provide comfort to the deceased's families.
  • Remove, embalm, cremate, and direct funeral services for the deceased.

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Pay by Experience Level for Mortician

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $50K.

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Experience Affects Mortician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 27%
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