Morticians in the United States pull down an average of $46K per year. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and roughly one-half have dental, too. Most Morticians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Morticians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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$9.64 - $35.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,571 - $72,818  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,200  
Commission
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$25,235 - $74,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $35.75  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $32.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,200  
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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$25,235 - $74,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Mortician

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


For Morticians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $40K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $44K. Morticians bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $55K.

Key Stats for Mortician

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
035
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Mortician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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