Morticians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $48K per year. A fair number enjoy medical while a little more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-fifth. For the most part, Morticians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Morticians making up 55 percent of survey respondents. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
If families choose to cremate the deceased, morticians will select the cremation date, order an urn and arrange for the ashes to be sent to the family. In some circumstances, a mortician can act as a grief counselor when families get too overwhelmed with sorrow when making the final arrangements. Morticians have the ability to give comfort to those who are in dire need. They are there to support and assist them in any way possible.
Sometimes morticians will also act as funeral directors. When they do so, they help the families of the deceased arrange the funeral, oversee the funeral logistics and complete any paperwork that might be necessary. They may also be in charge of writing obituaries and arranging them for the local newspaper. After a service, morticians collect the plants, flowers, cards, and gifts that are delivered to the funeral home and give them to the family of the deceased.
- Provide comfort to the deceased's families.
- Remove, embalm, cremate, and direct funeral services for the deceased.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Morticians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $42K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Morticians make a median salary of $53K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $56K.