Mortician Salary

Average Morticians in the United States make around $44K annually. Men make up the majority of Morticians (67 percent) survey respondents. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. 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.

$25,456 - $64,985
(Median)
$25K
$44K
$65K
MEDIAN: $43,812
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50%
90%

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$10.77 - $29.52
(Median)
$11
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$25,456 - $64,985  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
Profit Sharing
$13.70  
Commission
$3,250  
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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$25,619 - $63,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $29.52  
   
Overtime
$12.79 - $36.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
   
Commission
$3,250  
Profit Sharing
$13.70  
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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$25,619 - $63,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $36K, 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 $53K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $52K.

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Experience Affects Mortician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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