Average Embalmer Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Embalmer is $18.68.
MEDIAN $18.68
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $26
$491 - $4,966
Profit Sharing
$0 - $3,750
Total Pay
$25,713 - $59,378

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Job Description for Embalmer

Embalmer Tasks
  • File burial permits and complete all necessary paperwork related to the death process.
  • Properly and safely utilize embalming instruments and machinery in accordance with company guidelines.
  • Prepare and embalm the deceased for interment or cremation in accordance with legal requirements and with utmost respect for the deceased.
  • Organize the transport of the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home and from the funeral home to the cemetery.
  • Assist families in making funeral arrangements and advise them on the financial obstacles they face.

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Career Paths

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Funeral Director/Embalmer
Customer Service Supervisor
Operations Manager
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Pay by Experience Level for Embalmer

An entry-level Embalmer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.17 based on 37 salaries. An early career Embalmer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.17 based on 68 salaries. A mid-career Embalmer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.31 based on 24 salaries. An experienced Embalmer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.22 based on 28 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.

Pay Difference by Location

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Employees with Embalmer in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 19.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Las Vegas, Nevada (11.1% more) and Houston, Texas (4.4% more).

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