Mortician Salary

Average Morticians in the United States make around $40K per year. Though the majority of Morticians do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Morticians who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 67 percent. While one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,853 - $60,016

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$12.49 - $29.92

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,853 - $60,016  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,945  
Total Pay (?
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$25,454 - $62,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.49 - $29.92  
   
Overtime
$13.65 - $38.01  
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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$25,454 - $62,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Morticians who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $50K.

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Experience Affects Mortician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
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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
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 27%
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