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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$83,520
75th Percentile Wage
$62,790
50th Percentile Wage
$47,250
25th Percentile Wage
$35,390
10th Percentile Wage
$25,910

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 $83,520. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,250. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,910. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 222% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Average Salary of Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Embalmers
$41,720
Funeral Attendants
$23,080
Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors
$47,250

Table 3. Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Director Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors in 2 major industry sectors are shown in Table 3.

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$69,510
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$46,960

Table 4. 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 $30,100 to $70,690. The highest paying state for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $70,690. The lowest paying state is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $30,100. 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
New Jersey
$70,690
Delaware
$69,950
Rhode Island
$68,430
Maryland
$61,160
Illinois
$58,000
Minnesota
$57,900
South Dakota
$57,680
Iowa
$56,840
Wisconsin
$55,200
Nebraska
$54,660
Wyoming
$53,930
Virginia
$53,840
Connecticut
$53,480
North Carolina
$53,290
Montana
$53,240
Vermont
$52,310
Ohio
$51,170
Maine
$50,930
Massachusetts
$50,380
Kansas
$49,710
Florida
$49,070
Oregon
$48,770
New Mexico
$48,180
New York
$46,990
Arizona
$46,710
Washington
$45,870
Michigan
$45,770
Utah
$45,750
North Dakota
$45,460
Tennessee
$45,140
Texas
$45,060
Pennsylvania
$44,380
Idaho
$44,240
New Hampshire
$44,230
Missouri
$43,540
Indiana
$43,190
Oklahoma
$42,970
Nevada
$42,550
Georgia
$42,420
California
$41,820
West Virginia
$41,800
Alabama
$41,410
Kentucky
$41,130
Colorado
$37,200
Arkansas
$36,300
South Carolina
$35,020
Mississippi
$32,240
Louisiana
$31,990
Hawaii
$30,100