Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
24,280 2.5 % $24.87 $51,720 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.73 $17.20 $22.64 $29.96 $38.61
Annual Wage (2) $26,480 $35,780 $47,100 $62,310 $80,300


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 23,760 17.80 $24.74 $51,460
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $34.40 $71,560

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 23,760 17.80 $24.74 $51,460
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $34.40 $71,560

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) 350 0.02 $34.40 $71,560
Death Care Services 23,760 17.80 $24.74 $51,460
Employment Services (8) (8) $21.70 $45,130


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 1,860 0.17 0.93 $23.78 $49,450
New York 1,720 0.20 1.09 $25.35 $52,730
California 1,470 0.10 0.55 $23.99 $49,900
Florida 1,330 0.18 0.97 $25.60 $53,250
Ohio 1,320 0.26 1.41 $24.22 $50,380




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 320 0.45 2.44 $23.13 $48,110
Mississippi 490 0.45 2.45 $17.77 $36,970
Kentucky 700 0.40 2.16 $21.15 $44,000
South Dakota 150 0.38 2.06 $27.28 $56,740
Kansas 410 0.31 1.67 $18.60 $38,690




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 1,050 0.18 1.00 $36.05 $74,980
Maryland 360 0.14 0.77 $32.70 $68,010
New Jersey 810 0.21 1.15 $31.96 $66,480
Nebraska 170 0.18 0.98 $31.95 $66,460
Wisconsin 710 0.26 1.44 $31.60 $65,720





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 990 0.19 1.04 $22.02 $45,800
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 560 0.15 0.82 $41.36 $86,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.11 0.62 $23.02 $47,880
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 410 0.15 0.80 $31.62 $65,770
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 330 0.19 1.02 $24.10 $50,120
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 310 0.14 0.78 $21.63 $44,990
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 260 0.26 1.41 $21.29 $44,280
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 240 0.11 0.58 $23.81 $49,530
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 230 0.23 1.25 $27.49 $57,170
St. Louis, MO-IL 230 0.18 0.97 $24.11 $50,150




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)
Anderson, IN 30 0.88 4.79 $19.01 $39,530
Mansfield, OH 30 0.67 3.64 $24.78 $51,540
Wheeling, WV-OH 40 0.58 3.19 $25.05 $52,100
Dover, DE 30 0.56 3.07 $30.40 $63,230
Clarksville, TN-KY 40 0.55 2.98 $18.57 $38,630
Abilene, TX 30 0.51 2.76 $21.23 $44,150
Macon, GA 40 0.47 2.55 $18.47 $38,410
Florence, SC 40 0.47 2.55 (8) (8)
Ocala, FL 40 0.46 2.49 $23.77 $49,440
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 50 0.45 2.45 $21.17 $44,020




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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 560 0.15 0.82 $41.36 $86,020
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 170 0.14 0.76 $38.76 $80,610
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.23 1.26 $36.42 $75,750
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.15 0.80 $36.08 $75,050
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 30 0.24 1.31 $36.05 $74,980
Madison, WI (8) (8) (8) $36.00 $74,870
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $35.12 $73,040
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $34.76 $72,310
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $34.76 $72,310
Baltimore-Towson, MD 190 0.15 0.83 $33.67 $70,030

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 250 0.66 3.59 $16.31 $33,920
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 170 0.62 3.40 $22.97 $47,780
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.54 2.97 $18.50 $38,480
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 140 0.47 2.59 $16.06 $33,410
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 0.45 2.48 $25.26 $52,540

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)
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 120 1.19 6.50 $18.24 $37,940
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 130 1.01 5.51 $21.19 $44,070
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.83 4.53 $23.42 $48,710
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.74 4.04 $31.99 $66,550
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 120 0.73 4.01 $26.54 $55,200

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)
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.66 3.60 $37.58 $78,170
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.78 $36.27 $75,440
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.96 $74,790
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $34.69 $72,160
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.16 $66,890


About May 2013 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 mean 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014