Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors
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Overview
Funeral service workers organize and manage the details of a funeral.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors are expected to grow by 4%, and should have about 3,700 job openings a year.
Workforce size
Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors, with 28,700 workers, form a smaller workforce than 64% of careers.
Education
Only 39% of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors have bachelor's degrees than 63% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors is higher than 56% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors.
This job's median $53KAll jobs' median $39K$51K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 25% of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors -- that's a smaller percentage than 59% of other jobs.
Gender of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors, the median men's salary was 28% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 12% of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors are minority, and 3% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (3%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors 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 43% of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors, and 50% have company-sponsored health insurance (28% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (89%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (80%)
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (78%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (63%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (58%)
  • Consequence of Error (54%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (46%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (34%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors 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. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors (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. We first show the full salary distribution for all morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors 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 Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors (ACS)
Private for-profit (78.5%)
Private not-for-profit (1.4%)
Local government (0.7%)
State government (0.3%)
Federal government (0.9%)
Self-employed incorporated (14.0%)
Self-employed not incorporated (4.1%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$51K$71K$51K$47K$10K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Working without paySelf-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors 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.
$53K$73K$52K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Federal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

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 in this career changes. 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
Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors and gender

With 25% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 59% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors
Men (75%)
Women (25%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%, and the difference for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors tops that, with the median salary for men 28% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$42K$53K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KWomenMen
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. Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors 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 76% 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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors

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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors than for 86% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors
White (87% )
Black (9% )
Multiracial (1% )
Asian (1% )
Other (1% )
Hispanic (0% )
American Indian (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
12%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
3%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors 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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors by nativity
$52K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll native citizens

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.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors 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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors.

Education attained by morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors

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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors

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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors? Below we see the distribution of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors, 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.

$32K$43K$53K$53K$50K$53K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KHigh School (6%)Some College (17%)Associate's Degree (36%)Bachelor's Degree (33%)Master's Degree (4%)Professional Deg/Doct (3%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors

This table shows the college majors held by people working as morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors. 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 Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors 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
7.7%
$0$200K$63K
4.3%
$0$200K$53K
3.7%
$0$200K$56K
3.5%
$0$200K$72K
2.8%
$0$200K$63K
2.4%
$0$200K$51K
1.9%
$0$200K$67K
1.8%
$0$200K$54K
1.7%
$0$200K$60K
1.3%
$0$200K$50K
1.2%
$0$200K$60K
0.9%
$0$200K$73K
0.7%
$0$200K$48K
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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors, 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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Chefs and head cooksMorticians, undertakers, and funeral directorsCooksFood service managersHairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologistsFirst-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workersManagers (specialized areas)First-line supervisors of retail sales workersGeneral and operations managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesAccountants and auditorsFinancial managersChief executives and legislatorsSecretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersRetail salespersonsElementary and middle school teachersCounselorsSocial workersPsychologistsPostsecondary teachersLawyers, judges, and magistratesPhysicians and surgeonsEducation administratorsCustomer service representativesPersonal financial advisorsFinancial analystsSecurities, commodities, and financial services sales agentsCredit counselors and loan officersDentistsRegistered nursesPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Epidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansPharmacistsSecondary school teachersSpecial Education TeachersPreschool and kindergarten teachersTeachers and instructors (specialized areas)Police officersProbation officers and correctional treatment specialistsSecurity Guards and Gaming Surveillance OfficersBailiffs, correctional officers, and jailersDetectives and criminal investigatorsFirst-Line Supervisors of Police and DetectivesBookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerksFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersManagement analystsCosmetology Services andCulinary ArtsBusiness Management andAdministrationGeneral BusinessPsychologyCommunicationsFinanceBiologyGeneral EducationCriminal Justice and FireProtectionAccountingAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors

What jobs will most morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors 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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directorsManagers (specialized areas)Hand laborers and freight, stock, and material moversGeneral and operations managersEmbalmers and funeral attendantsInsurance sales agentsClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansCounselorsFirst-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workersFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersChief executives and legislatorsFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersTaxi drivers and chauffeurs
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors

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 4 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors as well as 1% of respondents after working as morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors. 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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors
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
General and operations managers
210,700
$0$200K$67K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Chief executives and legislators
24,000
$0$200K$96K
Embalmers and funeral attendants
6,200
$0$200K$30K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors
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?
Retail salespersons
676,200
$0$200K$31K
3.6%
Secretaries and administrative assistants
395,200
$0$200K$36K
1.6%
General and operations managers
210,700
$0$200K$67K
2.4%
Maids and housekeeping cleaners
207,700
$0$200K$20K
2.0%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
8.7%
Construction managers
34,800
$0$200K$66K
2.5%
Chief executives and legislators
24,000
$0$200K$96K
3.2%
Embalmers and funeral attendants
6,200
$0$200K$30K
4.6%
Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors
3,700
$0$200K$51K
58.3%
Archivists, curators, and museum technicians
3,700
$0$200K$50K
1.7%
No occupation
9.4%
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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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors? 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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors was higher than 56% 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.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors are anticipated to grow by 4% over the next decade; 67% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors 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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors? 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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors. 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.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors 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 morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors.

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.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
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BLS
Median salary ratio: Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors 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.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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