Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

39-4031 Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors

Perform various tasks to arrange and direct funeral services, such as coordinating transportation of body to mortuary, interviewing family or other authorized person to arrange details, selecting pallbearers, aiding with the selection of officials for religious rites, and providing transportation for mourners. Excludes "Funeral Service Managers" (11-9061).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
25,470 2.6 % $25.47 $52,990 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.98 $17.43 $23.31 $30.55 $39.43
Annual Wage (2) $27,000 $36,250 $48,490 $63,550 $82,010


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Death Care Services 25,010 18.54 $25.37 $52,770
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 300 0.01 $35.13 $73,080

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Death Care Services 25,010 18.54 $25.37 $52,770
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 300 0.01 $35.13 $73,080

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 300 0.01 $35.13 $73,080
Death Care Services 25,010 18.54 $25.37 $52,770


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 1,910 0.16 0.89 $25.43 $52,890
New York 1,570 0.17 0.94 $26.78 $55,710
Florida 1,470 0.19 1.00 $26.13 $54,360
Ohio 1,420 0.27 1.45 $24.60 $51,170
California 1,410 0.09 0.49 $21.01 $43,700



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 310 0.44 2.40 $22.34 $46,470
Kentucky 750 0.41 2.21 $19.54 $40,650
Mississippi 360 0.32 1.75 $20.63 $42,910
Wisconsin 870 0.31 1.69 $30.34 $63,110
Vermont 90 0.31 1.69 $26.74 $55,620



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 60 0.15 0.81 $37.11 $77,180
New Jersey 680 0.17 0.94 $34.07 $70,860
Massachusetts 890 0.26 1.42 $32.41 $67,410
Connecticut 360 0.22 1.17 $31.58 $65,680
Illinois 1,070 0.18 0.99 $30.50 $63,440




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.16 0.86 $27.10 $56,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.16 0.85 $20.44 $42,520
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 500 0.14 0.76 $30.68 $63,820
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 460 0.16 0.86 $29.12 $60,570
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 430 0.25 1.34 $37.49 $77,970
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 380 0.15 0.83 $20.84 $43,340
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 320 0.31 1.69 $22.34 $46,470
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 310 0.13 0.72 $24.90 $51,800
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 280 0.15 0.79 $29.99 $62,380
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 270 0.32 1.75 $29.15 $60,630



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA NECTA Division 30 0.75 4.05 $29.59 $61,540
Williamsport, PA 30 0.57 3.09 $18.83 $39,170
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 120 0.55 3.00 $20.64 $42,930
Topeka, KS 60 0.54 2.91 $20.06 $41,720
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 70 0.53 2.86 $23.26 $48,380
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 210 0.48 2.62 $33.79 $70,280
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 80 0.47 2.52 $20.80 $43,260
Charleston, WV 50 0.45 2.45 $23.14 $48,140
Asheville, NC 80 0.45 2.45 $24.67 $51,310
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 50 0.43 2.35 $19.92 $41,430



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Toledo, OH (8) (8) (8) $38.97 $81,060
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 40 0.36 1.96 $38.87 $80,840
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.82 $80,750
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 140 0.06 0.30 $37.66 $78,330
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 430 0.25 1.34 $37.49 $77,970
Peoria, IL 40 0.24 1.32 $37.10 $77,170
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.12 0.66 $36.78 $76,490
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 30 0.16 0.88 $36.69 $76,320
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 30 0.19 1.04 $35.79 $74,430
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 140 0.12 0.67 $35.11 $73,030

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 180 0.87 4.71 $33.26 $69,180
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 1.05 5.70 $17.69 $36,800
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 140 1.28 6.94 $19.44 $40,440
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.49 2.64 $31.63 $65,790
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 110 0.70 3.80 $19.57 $40,700

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 140 1.28 6.94 $19.44 $40,440
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 1.05 5.70 $17.69 $36,800
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 180 0.87 4.71 $33.26 $69,180
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 90 0.84 4.56 $18.63 $38,740
Northwest Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.81 4.40 $31.69 $65,920

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $37.22 $77,410
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 180 0.87 4.71 $33.26 $69,180
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.37 1.99 $32.19 $66,950
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 2.21 $32.04 $66,640
Northwest Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.81 4.40 $31.69 $65,920


About May 2015 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016