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Mortician Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Morticians in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $36K annually. Most Morticians are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. More than half of Morticians (63 percent) survey respondents are men. Although more than half have medical coverage and over a third have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$23,422 - $58,936
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MEDIAN: $36,441
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$11.42 - $29.78
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,422 - $58,936  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$24,266 - $62,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.42 - $29.78  
   
Overtime
$12.48 - $38.94  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
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).
)
$24,266 - $62,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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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Experience Affects Mortician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 31%