Mortician Salary

The average Mortician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $40K per year. Although a fair number have medical coverage and roughly two-fifths have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. More than half of Morticians (67 percent) survey respondents are men. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$24,057 - $59,948
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$60K
MEDIAN: $39,734
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$12.53 - $29.87
(Median)
$13
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,057 - $59,948  
   
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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$24,425 - $62,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.53 - $29.87  
   
Overtime
$19.16 - $38.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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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$24,425 - $62,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Morticians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $45K. Morticians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Experience Affects Mortician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 28%
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