Funeral Home Managers
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Plan, direct, or coordinate the services or resources of funeral homes. Includes activities such as determining prices for services or merchandise and managing the facilities of funeral homes.
Titles for this career often contain these words
About 57% of specialized managers have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by specialized managers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More specialized managers have bachelor's degrees than 72% of other careeers.
Workforce size
Funeral home managers, with 23,500 workers, form a smaller workforce than 70% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for funeral home managers are expected to grow by 5%, and should have about 1,900 job openings a year.
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for funeral home managers compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most funeral home managers earn.
Women account for 34% of specialized managers -- that's a smaller percentage than 53% of other jobs.
Gender of specialized managers
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For specialized managers, the median men's salary was 20% more the median woman's salary.
About 17% of specialized managers are minority, and 15% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of specialized managers
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Context: Foreign-born workers (15%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Funeral Home Managers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of funeral home 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%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (31%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (31%)
Salary and diversity
What do specialized managers earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries at the specialty level (funeral home managers). This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for funeral home managers (BLS Salary Data)
Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers. This view of salaries is only available for all specialized managers.
Distribution: Salaries for specialized managers (ACS Salary Data)
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire funeral home managers.
Employers of Specialized Managers (ACS)
Private for-profit (63.4%)
Private not-for-profit (4.8%)
Local government (5.2%)
State government (3.8%)
Federal government (6.0%)
Self-employed incorporated (9.6%)
Self-employed not incorporated (7.2%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of specialized managers 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 specialized managers, which combines the 4 specialties for this career.
$73K$78K$65K$63K$69K$96K$41K$68K$34K$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 home 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 home managers, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for specialized managers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to 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?

Salary distribution
Number employed

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Specialized managers and gender

With 34% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 53% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
Gender of Specialized managers
Men (66%)
Women (34%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%, and the difference for specialized managers tops that, with the median salary for men 20% higher than the median salary for women.

Context: Salary Inequity

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 all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. Specialized managers have one of the more significant inequity issues, with the increase in men's median salary over women's median salary even higher than that for 60% of other jobs.


We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of specialized managers

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a smaller percentage of minority specialized managers than for 65% of other careers. The percentage of foreign-born workers in this career is near the middle of all careers.

Race/origin of specialized managers
White (80% )
Black (7% )
Asian (7% )
Other (2% )
Multiracial (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
Distribution: Salaries for specialized managers 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.

$53K$56K$56K$60K$62K$70K$74K$90K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KOtherPacific IslanderAmerican IndianHispanicBlackMultiracialWhiteAsian
Distribution: Salaries for specialized managers by nativity
$72K$74K$0$50K$100K$150KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Specialized managers 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 67% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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
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 specialized managers is shown following.

$19K$73K$0$50K$100K$150KPart-time workersFull-time workers
Pathways to this career
Education attained by funeral home managers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), funeral home 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 specialized managers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for funeral home 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 home 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.

Education attained by specialized managers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for specialized managers? Below we see the distribution of specialized managers salaries based on the education attained.

$44K$53K$61K$63K$82K$101K$99K$112K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (3%)High School (15%)Some College (18%)Associate's/Cert. (7%)Bachelor's Degree (36%)Master's Degree (17%)Professional Degree (2%)Doctorate (2%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click a program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Education level of awarded degrees
Associate's degree or certificate
Gender of graduates
Race/origin of graduates
College majors held by specialized managers

This table shows the college majors held by people working as specialized managers.

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!

Percentage of Specialized managers with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
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 specialized managers, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. We hope this provides ideas for similar jobs and similar fields of study.

Specialized ManagersAccountants and AuditorsFinancial ManagersFirst-Line Supervisors of...Wholesale and Manufacturi...Chief executives and legi...Labor Relations Specialis...First-Line Supervisors of...Customer Service Represen...Elementary and Middle Sch...Retail SalespersonsLawyers, and judges, magi...First-Line Supervisors of...Bookkeeping, Accounting, ...Financial and Investment ...Specialized Social Worker...Educational, Guidance, an...Specialized PsychologistsPostsecondary TeachersRegistered NursesEducation and childcare a...Software DevelopersElectrical and electronic...Specialized EngineersArchitectural and Enginee...Computer and Information ...Civil EngineersComputer ProgrammersAerospace EngineersManagement AnalystsParalegals and Legal Assi...Mechanical EngineersIndustrial and Health/Saf...Project Management Specia...Marketing ManagersSales ManagersMarket Research Analysts ...Sales Representatives of ...Specialized Computer Occu...Computer Systems AnalystsComputer User Support Spe...Software Quality Assuranc...Network and Computer Syst...Personal Financial Adviso...Securities, Commodities, ...Loan OfficersBusiness Management andAdministrationGeneral BusinessAccountingPsychologyElectrical EngineeringPolitical Science andGovernmentMechanical EngineeringMarketingComputer ScienceFinanceAll other degreesThis jobTop 10 majorsEach major's top ten jobs
What college major is your best entry?

About 57% of people working as specialized managers have at least a bachelor's degree. Each dot represents a college major leading to these jobs, with the dots to the right representing the majors sending the most of their grads into this career. The dots at the top are the majors who earn the most working in this career.

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
Variation by state
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 home 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 home 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 specialized managers, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Funeral Home Managers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where funeral home 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 specialized managers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for specialized managers.

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 specialized managers, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Location-adjusted median salary for Funeral Home Managers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which funeral home managers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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