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Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Director Salary Information

The salary statistics of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Director Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,950
25th Percentile Wage
$36,750
50th Percentile Wage
$50,090
75th Percentile Wage
$66,130
90th Percentile Wage
$83,980

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors is $83,980. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,090. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,950. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 200% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201650,0903.19%6.49%
201548,4902.56%-
201447,2500.32%-
201347,1000.55%-
201246,840--

Table 2. Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Director Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors in 3 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $71,030. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $49,790).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$71,030
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$59,020
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$49,790

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors by States

From the above tables we note that not only morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $31,440 to $71,270. The highest paying state for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors is Delaware with a median annual salary of $71,270. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $31,440. For more salary information of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Delaware
$71,270
Massachusetts
$70,340
New Jersey
$67,500
Illinois
$64,270
Minnesota
$62,590
Wisconsin
$58,220
Maryland
$57,200
Connecticut
$57,050
Iowa
$56,550
South Dakota
$56,530
North Dakota
$55,820
North Carolina
$55,630
Michigan
$55,360
Vermont
$55,200
New York
$54,320
Nebraska
$54,090
Washington
$53,970
Texas
$53,240
Florida
$53,050
Virginia
$53,040
Ohio
$51,170
Maine
$50,290
New Mexico
$50,290
Utah
$49,160
Kansas
$49,070
Oregon
$48,670
West Virginia
$47,460
Wyoming
$47,220
Oklahoma
$46,750
Tennessee
$45,940
New Hampshire
$45,620
Indiana
$45,150
Colorado
$45,140
Idaho
$45,050
Arizona
$44,610
Alabama
$44,240
Montana
$43,920
California
$41,170
Kentucky
$40,970
South Carolina
$40,220
Pennsylvania
$39,880
Missouri
$39,440
Arkansas
$39,390
Hawaii
$37,420
Louisiana
$36,970
Mississippi
$35,110
Nevada
$34,860
Georgia
$33,610
Puerto Rico
$31,440


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