Crematory Operators
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Speciality
Overview
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Operate crematory equipment to reduce human or animal remains to bone fragments in accordance with state and local regulations. Duties may include preparing the body for cremation and performing general maintenance on crematory equipment. May use traditional flame-based cremation, calcination, or alkaline hydrolysis.
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Education
Only 21% of embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
This is near the middle of all careeers' percentages of bachelor's holders.
Employment
Workforce size
Crematory operators, with 112,900 workers, form a larger workforce than 65% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for crematory operators are expected to grow by 8%, and should have about 18,100 job openings a year.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for crematory operators and personal care and service workers, all other compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most crematory operators and personal care and service workers, all other earn.
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Gender
Women account for 24% of embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants -- that's a smaller percentage than 63% of other jobs.
Gender of embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. Women embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants actually earned more than men -- a very rare occurance among careers!
Race/Origin
About 25% of embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants are minority, and 7% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (7%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Crematory Operators 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.
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Salary and diversity
What do embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries at the specialty level (crematory operators). This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for crematory operators (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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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 embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants.
Distribution: Salaries for embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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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 crematory operators.
Employers of Embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants (ACS)
Private for-profit (85.9%)
Private not-for-profit (1.8%)
Local government (0.2%)
State government (0.2%)
Federal government (2.2%)
Self-employed incorporated (2.9%)
Self-employed not incorporated (6.8%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants 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 embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants, which combines the 3 specialties for this career.
$32K$31K$21K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000Local governmentPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of crematory operators 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 crematory operators, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$27K$0$10,000$20,000$30,000$40,000All

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 embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants

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

Embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants and gender

With 24% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 63% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants
Men (76%)
Women (24%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

Although nationally the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%, in embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants, the median salary for women is 7% higher than the median salary for men.

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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 embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a higher percentage of minority embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants than for 69% of other careers. While this career employs many minorities, it employs a relatively small number of foreign-born people.

Race/origin of embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants
White (73% )
Black (20% )
Multiracial (3% )
Other (2% )
Asian (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants 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.

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Distribution: Salaries for embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants by nativity
$30K$33K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

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

Embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants 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 38% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 89% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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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 embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants is shown following.

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Pathways to this career
Education attained by crematory operators

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), crematory operators typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

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 embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Education attained by embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants? Below we see the distribution of embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants salaries based on the education attained.

$25K$30K$30K$0$20K$40K$60KNone (4%)High School (26%)Some College (30%)

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
Education level of awarded degrees
Associate's degree or certificate
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
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 crematory operators? 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 crematory operators. 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 embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants, 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 Crematory Operators per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where crematory operators 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 embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants.

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 embalmers, crematory operators, and funeral attendants, 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 Crematory Operators (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which crematory operators 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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