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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

39-4031 Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers

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)
25,440 3.2 % $28.06 $58,360 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.12 $19.25 $26.04 $34.39 $43.21
Annual Wage (2) $29,370 $40,050 $54,150 $71,530 $89,880


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 25,070 18.31 $27.98 $58,200
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 210 0.01 $36.98 $76,910

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 25,070 18.31 $27.98 $58,200
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 210 0.01 $36.98 $76,910

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) 210 0.01 $36.98 $76,910
Death Care Services 25,070 18.31 $27.98 $58,200


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 2,030 0.16 0.94 $26.30 $54,690
Ohio 1,520 0.28 1.62 $28.33 $58,930
Florida 1,430 0.16 0.94 $27.02 $56,200
New York 1,420 0.15 0.86 $31.05 $64,580
Pennsylvania 1,270 0.21 1.24 $25.25 $52,510




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 240 0.34 1.99 $22.55 $46,910
Iowa 530 0.34 1.98 $32.82 $68,270
Arkansas 420 0.34 1.97 $21.52 $44,750
South Dakota 140 0.32 1.86 $27.70 $57,620
Rhode Island 150 0.32 1.82 $30.28 $62,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 310 0.19 1.07 $64.78 $134,740
Massachusetts 610 0.17 0.97 $43.82 $91,140
New Hampshire 110 0.16 0.92 $36.57 $76,070
Minnesota 330 0.11 0.66 $35.29 $73,400
Vermont 70 0.21 1.23 $34.24 $71,220





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,650 0.17 0.99 $31.22 $64,940
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 710 0.19 1.11 $24.22 $50,370
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 620 0.13 0.77 $29.30 $60,930
St. Louis, MO-IL 520 0.38 2.21 $27.01 $56,170
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 390 0.14 0.79 $32.77 $68,150
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 370 0.28 1.61 $27.90 $58,030
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 370 0.13 0.77 $46.85 $97,440
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 360 0.18 1.04 $33.98 $70,670
Pittsburgh, PA 290 0.25 1.46 $19.49 $40,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 290 0.09 0.52 $29.27 $60,890




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)
Monroe, MI 30 0.87 5.05 (8) (8)
Alexandria, LA 40 0.72 4.15 $18.56 $38,600
St. Joseph, MO-KS 30 0.59 3.41 $19.78 $41,150
Chico, CA 40 0.53 3.06 $18.11 $37,680
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 80 0.52 2.99 $17.99 $37,420
Wheeling, WV-OH 30 0.50 2.90 $28.08 $58,400
Port St. Lucie, FL 70 0.49 2.82 $25.23 $52,480
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 60 0.46 2.68 $24.45 $50,850
Roanoke, VA 70 0.43 2.48 $28.59 $59,470
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 80 0.42 2.42 $19.64 $40,840




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 370 0.13 0.77 $46.85 $97,440
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $46.19 $96,070
Worcester, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $43.00 $89,440
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 140 0.07 0.42 $38.23 $79,520
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $37.09 $77,150
Flint, MI (8) (8) (8) $36.77 $76,490
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $36.49 $75,900
Madison, WI 80 0.21 1.18 $35.48 $73,800
Sioux Falls, SD 50 0.32 1.83 $35.25 $73,330
Lancaster, PA (8) (8) (8) $34.88 $72,540

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)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 210 0.84 4.87 $30.25 $62,910
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 0.86 4.99 $33.62 $69,930
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 160 0.40 2.29 $34.25 $71,230
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 150 0.46 2.64 $28.92 $60,160
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 150 0.97 5.61 (8) (8)

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 North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.00 5.79 $25.98 $54,040
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 150 0.97 5.61 (8) (8)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 0.86 4.99 $33.62 $69,930
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 210 0.84 4.87 $30.25 $62,910
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.80 4.63 $26.89 $55,930

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 1.46 $41.47 $86,250
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 1.96 $38.44 $79,960
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $37.03 $77,020
Northwest Nebraska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.62 $76,170
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $34.90 $72,600


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020