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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

39-4021 Funeral Attendants

Perform a variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service, arranging floral offerings or lights around casket, directing or escorting mourners, closing casket, and issuing and storing funeral equipment.


National estimates for Funeral Attendants
Industry profile for Funeral Attendants
Geographic profile for Funeral Attendants

National estimates for Funeral Attendants:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Funeral Attendants:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
32,490 1.7 % $ 15.21 $ 31,630 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Funeral Attendants:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.75 $ 11.78 $ 14.05 $ 17.23 $ 21.95
Annual Wage (2) $ 22,350 $ 24,490 $ 29,230 $ 35,840 $ 45,660


Industry profile for Funeral Attendants:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Funeral Attendants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Death Care Services 32,360 24.47 $ 15.21 $ 31,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Funeral Attendants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Death Care Services 32,360 24.47 $ 15.21 $ 31,630

Top paying industries for Funeral Attendants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Death Care Services 32,360 24.47 $ 15.21 $ 31,630


Geographic profile for Funeral Attendants:

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



Map of employment of funeral attendants by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Funeral Attendants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 3,700 0.30 1.31 $ 13.09 $ 27,230
Florida 1,780 0.21 0.89 $ 13.69 $ 28,470
California 1,700 0.10 0.45 $ 18.75 $ 39,000
Pennsylvania 1,620 0.29 1.26 $ 16.43 $ 34,160
Ohio 1,510 0.29 1.26 $ 14.68 $ 30,540


Map of location quotient of funeral attendants by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Funeral Attendants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 530 0.80 3.47 $ 12.91 $ 26,850
South Carolina 990 0.48 2.08 $ 14.21 $ 29,550
Indiana 1,280 0.43 1.86 $ 13.96 $ 29,030
North Dakota 160 0.41 1.76 $ 15.17 $ 31,550
Tennessee 1,170 0.39 1.70 $ 17.84 $ 37,110


Map of annual mean wages of funeral attendants by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Funeral Attendants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 80 0.17 0.72 $ 23.50 $ 48,880
New Jersey 870 0.23 0.98 $ 21.36 $ 44,420
New Hampshire 50 0.09 0.37 $ 20.40 $ 42,430
California 1,700 0.10 0.45 $ 18.75 $ 39,000
Massachusetts 880 0.26 1.13 $ 18.67 $ 38,840



Map of employment of funeral attendants by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Funeral Attendants:

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 1,240 0.14 0.62 $ 19.89 $ 41,370
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 770 0.22 0.94 $ 13.60 $ 28,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 740 0.13 0.56 $ 18.51 $ 38,490
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 580 0.32 1.39 $ 13.79 $ 28,680
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 560 0.22 0.94 $ 14.23 $ 29,590
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 550 0.22 0.97 $ 14.11 $ 29,350
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 500 0.12 0.51 $ 15.85 $ 32,960
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 480 0.16 0.71 $ 17.15 $ 35,670
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 480 0.18 0.80 $ 20.20 $ 42,020
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 470 0.18 0.77 $ 18.44 $ 38,340


Map of location quotient of funeral attendants by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Funeral Attendants:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 50 1.57 6.82 $ 12.95 $ 26,930
Wheeling, WV-OH 70 1.25 5.42 $ 12.33 $ 25,640
Cumberland, MD-WV 40 1.19 5.16 $ 14.16 $ 29,440
Springfield, OH 50 1.19 5.15 $ 13.21 $ 27,470
Saginaw, MI 90 1.19 5.15 $ 12.88 $ 26,800
Roanoke, VA 170 1.17 5.07 $ 13.27 $ 27,590
Kokomo, IN 40 1.06 4.61 $ 13.08 $ 27,210
Monroe, MI 40 0.99 4.28 $ 12.81 $ 26,640
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 110 0.98 4.26 $ 14.15 $ 29,420
Waterbury, CT 60 0.96 4.17 $ 16.75 $ 34,840


Map of annual mean wages of funeral attendants by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Funeral Attendants:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 180 0.08 0.34 $ 21.84 $ 45,440
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.05 0.22 $ 21.76 $ 45,270
Trenton, NJ 40 0.19 0.81 $ 21.03 $ 43,730
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 480 0.18 0.80 $ 20.20 $ 42,020
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,240 0.14 0.62 $ 19.89 $ 41,370
Barnstable Town, MA 50 0.49 2.11 $ 19.64 $ 40,840
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 140 0.27 1.16 $ 19.57 $ 40,710
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 270 0.27 1.19 $ 18.88 $ 39,270
Knoxville, TN 170 0.43 1.88 $ 18.78 $ 39,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 740 0.13 0.56 $ 18.51 $ 38,490

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Funeral Attendants:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 230 0.88 3.80 $ 12.88 $ 26,790
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.53 2.31 $ 13.35 $ 27,760
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 0.67 2.89 $ 14.26 $ 29,650
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.64 2.77 $ 15.02 $ 31,250
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 140 1.12 4.86 $ 16.74 $ 34,820

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Funeral Attendants:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 80 1.18 5.11 $ 12.74 $ 26,500
Maryland nonmetropolitan area 60 1.14 4.93 $ 14.96 $ 31,110
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 1.13 4.90 $ 14.11 $ 29,350
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 140 1.12 4.86 $ 16.74 $ 34,820
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 1.04 4.49 $ 13.34 $ 27,750

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Funeral Attendants:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 1.28 $ 20.28 $ 42,180
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 1.64 $ 17.31 $ 36,000
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.51 2.22 $ 17.24 $ 35,860
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.68 $ 17.08 $ 35,520
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 140 1.12 4.86 $ 16.74 $ 34,820


About May 2021 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.

(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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022