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Mortician Salary

Morticians in the United States take home an average $39K annually. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Male Morticians are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 63 percent of professionals. Medical benefits are awarded to more than half, and over a third earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,601 - $58,902
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$59K
MEDIAN: $39,011
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$12.49 - $29.92
(Median)
$12
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,601 - $58,902  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,878  
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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$24,302 - $62,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.49 - $29.92  
   
Overtime
$19.16 - $39.09  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,878  
   
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).
)
$24,302 - $62,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Experience Affects Mortician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

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
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 32%
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