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Funeral service workers organize and manage the details of a funeral.
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Education
About 58% of managers (specialized areas) have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by managers (specialized areas)
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More managers (specialized areas) have bachelor's degrees than 74% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Funeral service managers, with 23,500 workers, form a smaller workforce than 69% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for funeral service managers are expected to grow by 5%, and should have about 1,900 job openings a year.
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Salaries
The median (middle) salary for funeral service managers is higher than 83% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most funeral service managers.
This job's median $79KAll jobs' median $39K$74K$38K20142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 34% of managers (specialized areas) -- that's a smaller percentage than 51% of other jobs.
Gender of managers (specialized areas)
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For managers (specialized areas), the median men's salary was 21% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 17% of managers (specialized areas) are minority, and 14% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of managers (specialized areas)
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (14%)
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Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Funeral Service Managers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 44% of managers (specialized areas), and 60% have company-sponsored health insurance (18% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for managers (specialized areas)
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 58% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
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Injury and Illness
About 50 funeral service managers become injured or ill for every 10,000 workers, which reflects fewer events than in 55% of other careers.
All injuries and illnesses
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of funeral service managers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (87%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (73%)
  • Consequence of Error (38%)
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (37%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (31%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (31%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do managers (specialized areas) earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group managers (specialized areas), which combines the data for 3 careers, including funeral service managers. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for funeral service managers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for funeral service managers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for funeral service managers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all managers (specialized areas), and then we show how the median (middle) salary for managers (specialized areas) compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for managers (specialized areas) (ACS Salary Data)
$73K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
$73K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K
Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where funeral service managers work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Managers (specialized areas) (ACS)
Private for-profit (64.2%)
Private not-for-profit (4.8%)
Local government (5.0%)
State government (3.9%)
Federal government (6.2%)
Self-employed incorporated (9.2%)
Self-employed not incorporated (6.7%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of managers (specialized areas) by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of managers (specialized areas), which combines the 3 specialties for this career.
$73K$62K$79K$41K$95K$69K$69K$64K$32K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Working without paySelf-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of funeral service managers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty funeral service managers, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$79K$79K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000PrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for managers (specialized areas)

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? This first chart suggests how much this job rewards experience with increased salaries.

Now let's dive a little deeper. Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Managers (specialized areas) and gender

With 34% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 51% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
34%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Gender of Managers (specialized areas)
Men (66%)
Women (34%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 21%. The situation is a little better for managers (specialized areas), with the median salary for men 21% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$64K$78K$0$50K$100K$150KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Managers (specialized areas) have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 63% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of managers (specialized areas)

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority managers (specialized areas) than for 60% of other careers. The percentage of foreign-born workers in this career is near the middle of all careers.

Race/origin of managers (specialized areas)
White (81% )
Black (7% )
Asian (7% )
Other (2% )
Multiracial (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
17%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
14%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for managers (specialized areas) by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$52K$53K$55K$62K$63K$70K$74K$87K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KOtherPacific IslanderAmerican IndianHispanicBlackMultiracialWhiteAsian
Distribution: Salaries for managers (specialized areas) by nativity
$73K$74K$0$50K$100K$150KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Part-time/Full-time
Managers (specialized areas) and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 7% part-time workers, this occupation has a lower percentage of part-time workers than 64% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
7%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time managers (specialized areas) is shown following.

$20K$73K$0$50K$100K$150KPart-time workersFull-time workers
Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by funeral service managers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), funeral service managers typically hold a associate's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as managers (specialized areas) as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for managers (specialized areas).

Education attained by managers (specialized areas)
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for funeral service managers

An associate’s degree in funeral service or mortuary science is the typical education requirement for all funeral service workers. Courses taken usually include those covering the topics of ethics, grief counseling, funeral service, and business law. All accredited programs also include courses in embalming and restorative techniques.

The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) accredits 60 funeral service and mortuary science programs, most of which are 2-year associate’s degree programs offered at community colleges. Some programs offer a bachelor’s degree.

Although an associate’s degree is typically required, some employers prefer applicants to have a bachelor’s degree.

High school students can prepare to become a funeral service worker by taking courses in biology, chemistry, and business, and by participating in public speaking.

Part-time or summer jobs in funeral homes also provide valuable experience.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for funeral service managers

Most workers must be licensed in Washington, DC and every state in which they work, except Colorado, which offers a voluntary certification program. Although licensing laws and examinations vary by state, most applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 21 years old
  • Complete an ABFSE accredited funeral service or mortuary science program
  • Pass a state and/or national board exam
  • Serve an internship lasting 1 to 3 years

Working in multiple states will require multiple licenses. For specific requirements, applicants should contact each applicable state licensing board.

Most states require funeral directors to earn continuing education credits annually to keep their licenses.

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA); International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA); and the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) offer crematory certification designations. Many states require certification for those who will perform cremations. For specific requirements, applicants should contact their state board or one of the above organizations.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for managers (specialized areas)? Below we see the distribution of managers (specialized areas) salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as managers (specialized areas), and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$44K$53K$61K$63K$82K$101K$97K$109K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (3%)High School (14%)Some College (18%)Associate's Degree (8%)Bachelor's Degree (37%)Master's Degree (18%)Professional Deg/Doct (2%)Doctorate (2%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by managers (specialized areas)

This table shows the college majors held by people working as managers (specialized areas). Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Managers (specialized areas) with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
6.8%
$0$200K$63K
3.4%
$0$200K$68K
3.1%
$0$200K$53K
3.0%
$0$200K$97K
3.0%
$0$200K$90K
2.8%
$0$200K$60K
2.8%
$0$200K$73K
2.7%
$0$200K$73K
2.7%
$0$200K$87K
2.7%
$0$200K$63K
2.6%
$0$200K$55K
2.1%
$0$200K$81K
2.0%
$0$200K$83K
1.8%
$0$200K$58K
1.4%
$0$200K$72K
1.4%
$0$200K$65K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as managers (specialized areas), and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by managers (specialized areas) given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

Managers (specialized areas)Accountants and auditorsFinancial managersFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesSecretaries and administrative assistantsChief executives and legislatorsHuman resources workersMarketing and sales managersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersRetail salespersonsElementary and middle school teachersBookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerksFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersLawyers, judges, and magistratesManagement analystsFinancial analystsCounselorsSocial workersPsychologistsPostsecondary teachersPhysicians and surgeonsRegistered nursesApplications and systems software developersElectrical and electronics engineersEngineers (specialized areas)Architectural and engineering managersComputer and information systems managersComputer programmersCivil engineersMechanical engineersIndustrial engineersAerospace engineersParalegals and legal assistantsEducation administratorsMarket research analysts and marketing specialistsCustomer service representativesService sales representativesPersonal financial advisorsSecurities, commodities, and financial services sales agentsCredit counselors and loan officersBusiness Management andAdministrationGeneral BusinessAccountingPsychologyElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringPolitical Science andGovernmentMarketingEconomicsFinanceAll other degreesThis jobTop 10 majorsEach major's top ten jobs
How your college major impacts salary
What college major is your best entry?

Does your major impact your salary? About 0% of people working as managers (specialized areas) have at least a bachelor's degree. In the chart below, each dot represents a college major held by workers in the field. The dots to the right correspond to the majors most frequently working as managers (specialized areas), and the dots at the top are the majors who earn the most working in this career. The shading shows the percentage who have a graduate education in addition to their bachelor's degree. The dotted line shows the median salary for everyone working as managers (specialized areas).

Darker colors have a larger percentage with graduate degreesOverall median salary0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%6.0%7.0%8.0%9.0%10.0%Percentage with this major$50,000$60,000$70,000$80,000$90,000$100,000$110,000$120,000$130,000$140,000$150,000Median salary with this major
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for managers (specialized areas)

What jobs will most managers (specialized areas) hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of managers (specialized areas) reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Managers (specialized areas)Construction managersChief executives and legislatorsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersComputer and information systems managersFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersGeneral and operations managersManagement analystsSecretaries and administrative assistantsMarketing and sales managersCarpentersFirst-line supervisors of production and operating workers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for managers (specialized areas)

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 12 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as managers (specialized areas) as well as 1% of respondents after working as managers (specialized areas). Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for managers (specialized areas)
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Secretaries and administrative assistants
380,700
$0$200K$37K
General and operations managers
230,000
$0$200K$68K
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
165,500
$0$200K$40K
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
161,100
$0$200K$49K
Carpenters
116,300
$0$200K$34K
Management analysts
99,900
$0$200K$78K
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
65,200
$0$200K$54K
Marketing and sales managers
65,000
$0$200K$75K
Construction managers
40,200
$0$200K$68K
Computer and information systems managers
38,800
$0$200K$101K
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
37,000
$0$200K$60K
Chief executives and legislators
21,100
$0$200K$96K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for managers (specialized areas): full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as managers (specialized areas)? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of managers (specialized areas) surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for managers (specialized areas)
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Secretaries and administrative assistants
380,700
$0$200K$37K
1.4%
General and operations managers
230,000
$0$200K$68K
2.0%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
165,500
$0$200K$40K
1.9%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
161,100
$0$200K$49K
1.5%
Accountants and auditors
146,000
$0$200K$61K
1.1%
Carpenters
116,300
$0$200K$34K
1.2%
Management analysts
99,900
$0$200K$78K
1.5%
Managers (specialized areas)
93,700
$0$200K$73K
30.8%
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
65,200
$0$200K$54K
1.0%
Marketing and sales managers
65,000
$0$200K$75K
1.2%
Construction managers
40,200
$0$200K$68K
2.9%
Computer and information systems managers
38,800
$0$200K$101K
1.6%
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
37,000
$0$200K$60K
1.8%
Chief executives and legislators
21,100
$0$200K$96K
2.9%
No occupation
4.7%
Read about funeral service managers
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Funeral service workers typically do the following:

  • Offer counsel and comfort to families and friends of the deceased
  • Provide information on funeral service options
  • Arrange for removal of the deceased’s body
  • Prepare the remains (the deceased’s body) for the funeral
  • File death certificates and other legal documents with appropriate authorities

Funeral service workers help to determine the locations, dates, and times of visitations (wakes), funerals or memorial services, burials, and cremations. They handle other details as well, such as helping the family decide whether the body should be buried, entombed, or cremated. This decision is critical because funeral practices vary among cultures and religions.

Most funeral service workers attend to the administrative aspects pertaining to a person’s death, including submitting papers to state officials to receive a death certificate. They also may help resolve insurance claims, apply for funeral benefits, or notify the Social Security Administration or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of the death.

Many funeral service workers work with clients who wish to plan their own funerals in advance, to ensure that their needs are met and to ease the planning burden on surviving family members.

Funeral service workers also may provide information and resources, such as support groups, to help grieving friends and family.

The following are examples of types of funeral service workers:

Funeral service managers oversee the general operations of a funeral home business. They perform a wide variety of duties, such as planning and allocating the resources of the funeral home, managing staff, and handling marketing and public relations.

Funeral directors and morticians plan the details of a funeral. They often prepare obituary notices and arrange for pallbearers and clergy services. If a burial is chosen, they schedule the opening and closing of a grave with a representative of the cemetery. If cremation is chosen, they coordinate the process with the crematory. They also prepare the sites of all services and provide transportation for the deceased and mourners. In addition, they arrange the shipment of bodies out of state or out of country for final disposition.

Finally, these workers handle administrative duties. For example, they often apply for the transfer of any pensions, insurance policies, or annuities on behalf of survivors.

Most funeral directors and morticians embalm bodies. Embalming is a cosmetic and temporary preservative process through which the body is prepared for a viewing by family and friends of the deceased.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of funeral service managers? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Business skills
Knowledge of financial statements and the ability to run a funeral home efficiently and profitably are important for funeral directors and managers.
Compassion
Death is a delicate and emotional matter. Funeral service workers must be able to treat clients with care and sympathy in their time of loss.
Interpersonal skills
Funeral service workers should have good interpersonal skills. When speaking with families, for instance, they must be tactful and able to explain and discuss all matters about services provided.
Time-management skills
Funeral service workers must be able to handle numerous tasks for multiple customers, often over a short timeframe.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for funeral service managers
Choose actual dollars or inflation-adjusted dollars to view
Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for funeral service managers was higher than 83% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

This job's median $79KAll jobs' median $39K$61K$38K200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K
Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for funeral service managers are anticipated to grow by 5% over the next decade, which is faster growth than is predicted for 46% of other jobs.

The projected employment for funeral service managers is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most funeral service managers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as funeral service managers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all managers (specialized areas), comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

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Number of Funeral Service Managers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where funeral service managers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for managers (specialized areas) compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for managers (specialized areas).

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all managers (specialized areas), which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the to