Embalmers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $40K annually. Most Embalmers report high levels of job satisfaction. Although nearly one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Embalmers making up 55 percent of survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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|Hourly Rate||$12.91 - $26.07|
|Overtime||$24.86 - $40.19|
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Job Description for Embalmer
Embalmers typically work for private funeral homes or companies that handle death preparation services for family members. They need to be licensed by the state they work in. Often, their positions require a bachelor’s degree in a related field.Read More...
Embalmers’ work is both physical and mental. They must be able to lift at least 50 pounds, be capable of standing on their feet for long periods, and use their fine motor skills to embalm, dress, style, and put makeup on their deceased clients. Embalmers may also work on maintaining the funeral home before and after events, including receiving and setting up caskets for viewings. They may also have to have a driver’s license to pick up bodies from different facilities.
Embalmers must also be proficient in computer programs to keep track of their job duties and communicate with other staff. They work alongside funeral directors, apprentice embalmers, and receptionists. Embalmers may also work with family members of the deceased to figure out their specific style of clothing and makeup preferences. Embalmers work mainly indoors in embalming rooms, where equipment is sterilized and must follow specific health instructions about dealing with embalming fluid. They use scientific and medical equipment during embalming. They keep records and paperwork for each separate process. Embalmers may work a variable schedule, but most work five days a week for a typical 40-hour workweek. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
- 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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Pay by Experience Level for Embalmer
Pay by Experience for an Embalmer has a positive trend. An entry-level Embalmer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 60 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Embalmer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 20 salaries. An experienced Embalmer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 20 salaries. An Embalmer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 24 salaries.
Key Stats for Embalmer
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