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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,260
25th Percentile Wage
$38,130
50th Percentile Wage
$51,850
75th Percentile Wage
$68,670
90th Percentile Wage
$85,060

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 $85,060. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $51,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,260. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 190% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$51,850
3.39% 9.66%
2016
$50,090
3.19% -
2015
$48,490
2.56% -
2014
$47,250
0.32% -
2013
$47,100
0.55% -
2012
$46,840
- -

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

The average salaries of morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors in 4 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 $72,180. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $51,510).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$72,180
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$61,700
Health Care and Social Assistance
$59,180
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$51,510

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 $73,840. The highest paying state for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors is Massachusetts with a median annual salary of $73,840. 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
Massachusetts
$73,840
New Jersey
$67,260
Connecticut
$67,120
Minnesota
$64,980
Delaware
$64,040
New York
$61,960
Illinois
$61,190
Michigan
$60,540
Maryland
$59,930
South Dakota
$59,780
Iowa
$58,760
North Dakota
$57,710
Alaska
$56,960
Washington
$56,330
Wisconsin
$56,130
North Carolina
$56,050
Vermont
$55,200
Nebraska
$54,880
Texas
$54,300
Ohio
$53,900
Idaho
$53,030
Kansas
$52,840
Florida
$51,910
Virginia
$51,860
New Hampshire
$51,780
Colorado
$51,710
Rhode Island
$51,150
Oklahoma
$51,120
Oregon
$50,330
New Mexico
$49,450
Wyoming
$49,290
West Virginia
$48,820
Indiana
$47,360
Tennessee
$46,200
South Carolina
$45,740
Arizona
$45,340
Maine
$45,320
Montana
$44,830
Utah
$43,630
Missouri
$43,310
Kentucky
$43,140
Alabama
$43,060
California
$42,170
Pennsylvania
$41,940
Arkansas
$41,910
Louisiana
$40,980
Hawaii
$37,420
Mississippi
$36,930
Nevada
$35,380
Georgia
$33,630
Puerto Rico
$31,440



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