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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

39-4031 Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers

Perform various tasks to arrange and direct individual 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 Home Managers" (11-9171).


National estimates for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers
Industry profile for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers
Geographic profile for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers

National estimates for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
24,560 4.0 % $ 28.36 $ 59,000 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.98 $ 19.28 $ 26.01 $ 34.39 $ 43.82
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,080 $ 40,100 $ 54,100 $ 71,530 $ 91,140


Industry profile for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Death Care Services 24,370 18.64 $ 28.32 $ 58,910
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 80 0.00 $ 39.35 $ 81,840

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Death Care Services 24,370 18.64 $ 28.32 $ 58,910
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 80 0.00 $ 39.35 $ 81,840

Top paying industries for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 80 (7) $ 39.35 $ 81,840
Death Care Services 24,370 18.64 $ 28.32 $ 58,910


Geographic profile for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 1,920 0.16 0.90 $ 26.16 $ 54,410
Ohio 1,700 0.33 1.87 $ 28.59 $ 59,470
California 1,540 0.09 0.53 $ 24.87 $ 51,740
New York 1,390 0.16 0.90 $ 31.16 $ 64,810
Pennsylvania 1,280 0.23 1.31 $ 24.10 $ 50,120




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arkansas 450 0.39 2.18 $ 21.88 $ 45,500
Rhode Island 160 0.36 2.03 $ 30.30 $ 63,020
Iowa 520 0.35 2.00 $ 32.93 $ 68,500
Ohio 1,700 0.33 1.87 $ 28.59 $ 59,470
North Dakota 130 0.32 1.80 $ 28.60 $ 59,480




Top paying states for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 280 0.18 1.02 $ 60.58 $ 126,000
Minnesota 370 0.14 0.77 $ 39.25 $ 81,630
Massachusetts 680 0.20 1.15 $ 38.74 $ 80,580
Indiana 730 0.25 1.42 $ 36.25 $ 75,410
Delaware 80 0.19 1.10 $ 35.32 $ 73,460





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

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 1,530 0.17 0.98 $ 31.04 $ 64,550
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 700 0.19 1.10 $ 25.33 $ 52,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 500 0.09 0.49 $ 24.69 $ 51,350
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 490 0.28 1.57 $ 34.67 $ 72,110
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 450 0.17 0.97 $ 39.41 $ 81,970
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 370 0.09 0.49 $ 32.76 $ 68,140
Pittsburgh, PA 360 0.33 1.89 $ 19.37 $ 40,280
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 350 0.27 1.52 $ 28.59 $ 59,470
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 350 0.11 0.65 $ 31.10 $ 64,680
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 330 0.12 0.68 $ 28.32 $ 58,910




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wheeling, WV-OH 30 0.62 3.50 $ 30.51 $ 63,470
Saginaw, MI 40 0.59 3.34 $ 27.99 $ 58,210
Abilene, TX 40 0.59 3.34 $ 27.83 $ 57,890
Chico, CA 40 0.53 3.02 $ 16.60 $ 34,520
Roanoke, VA 70 0.52 2.93 $ 29.09 $ 60,510
Port St. Lucie, FL 80 0.51 2.90 $ 23.49 $ 48,850
Racine, WI 30 0.48 2.72 $ 23.17 $ 48,190
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 90 0.48 2.70 $ 20.98 $ 43,640
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 50 0.41 2.32 $ 26.34 $ 54,790
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 210 0.40 2.24 $ 31.76 $ 66,070




Top paying metropolitan areas for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $ 45.13 $ 93,870
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $ 43.06 $ 89,570
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 450 0.17 0.97 $ 39.41 $ 81,970
Rochester, NY 90 0.20 1.13 $ 38.67 $ 80,420
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 200 0.15 0.88 $ 37.46 $ 77,910
Flint, MI (8) (8) (8) $ 36.81 $ 76,570
Madison, WI 90 0.23 1.28 $ 36.80 $ 76,550
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (8) (8) (8) $ 35.62 $ 74,100
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 490 0.28 1.57 $ 34.67 $ 72,110
Lancaster, PA 40 0.15 0.86 $ 34.05 $ 70,830

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 220 0.69 3.94 $ 31.05 $ 64,590
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 210 0.98 5.55 $ 34.87 $ 72,530
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 190 0.79 4.47 $ 31.58 $ 65,680
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.72 4.06 $ 19.95 $ 41,490
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 130 0.84 4.75 $ 17.94 $ 37,320

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 1.09 6.18 $ 26.63 $ 55,390
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 210 0.98 5.55 $ 34.87 $ 72,530
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 130 0.84 4.75 $ 17.94 $ 37,320
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.80 4.50 $ 27.86 $ 57,950
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 190 0.79 4.47 $ 31.58 $ 65,680

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 46.94 $ 97,640
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 2.04 $ 40.83 $ 84,930
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 1.89 $ 40.46 $ 84,150
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.34 1.92 $ 38.18 $ 79,420
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 1.76 $ 37.31 $ 77,600


About May 2020 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021