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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

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)
24,700 2.1 % $ 27.10 $ 56,360 1.2 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.25 $ 18.21 $ 23.53 $ 30.68 $ 40.17
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,640 $ 37,880 $ 48,950 $ 63,820 $ 83,550


Industry profile for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

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 24,360 18.42 $ 26.98 $ 56,110
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 210 0.01 $ 39.05 $ 81,220

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 24,360 18.42 $ 26.98 $ 56,110
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 210 0.01 $ 39.05 $ 81,220

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) 210 0.01 $ 39.05 $ 81,220
Death Care Services 24,360 18.42 $ 26.98 $ 56,110


Geographic profile for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers:

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.



Map of employment of morticians, undertakers, and funeral arrangers by state, May 2021


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)
California 2,180 0.13 0.75 $ 24.15 $ 50,230
Ohio 1,540 0.30 1.69 $ 29.77 $ 61,920
New York 1,470 0.17 0.97 $ 34.15 $ 71,030
Illinois 1,270 0.23 1.28 $ 30.08 $ 62,560
Pennsylvania 1,110 0.20 1.13 $ 26.23 $ 54,550


Map of location quotient of morticians, undertakers, and funeral arrangers by state, May 2021


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)
West Virginia 250 0.37 2.13 $ 25.88 $ 53,840
Mississippi 380 0.35 1.99 $ 21.58 $ 44,880
Arkansas 390 0.32 1.84 $ 20.24 $ 42,100
Kentucky 550 0.30 1.70 $ 17.89 $ 37,220
Ohio 1,540 0.30 1.69 $ 29.77 $ 61,920


Map of annual mean wages of morticians, undertakers, and funeral arrangers by state, May 2021


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)
Delaware 80 0.18 1.02 $ 38.40 $ 79,870
Minnesota 650 0.24 1.37 $ 37.24 $ 77,460
New Hampshire 90 0.14 0.82 $ 35.54 $ 73,920
New York 1,470 0.17 0.97 $ 34.15 $ 71,030
Massachusetts 590 0.17 0.99 $ 33.98 $ 70,670



Map of employment of morticians, undertakers, and funeral arrangers by area, May 2021


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 1,130 0.13 0.75 $ 34.93 $ 72,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 840 0.15 0.83 $ 22.76 $ 47,330
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 740 0.17 0.99 $ 32.20 $ 66,980
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 400 0.22 1.27 $ 29.52 $ 61,400
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 390 0.15 0.85 $ 35.55 $ 73,940
St. Louis, MO-IL 350 0.27 1.54 $ 30.36 $ 63,140
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 340 0.13 0.72 $ 29.26 $ 60,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 310 0.17 0.96 $ 38.10 $ 79,240
Pittsburgh, PA 290 0.28 1.60 $ 25.22 $ 52,460
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 280 0.11 0.62 $ 25.21 $ 52,430


Map of location quotient of morticians, undertakers, and funeral arrangers by area, May 2021


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 40 0.62 3.53 $ 28.62 $ 59,520
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 110 0.55 3.11 $ 27.24 $ 56,660
Pueblo, CO 30 0.53 3.04 $ 18.65 $ 38,800
Saginaw, MI 40 0.49 2.82 $ 27.08 $ 56,330
Florence, SC 40 0.44 2.53 $ 24.76 $ 51,500
Duluth, MN-WI 50 0.44 2.49 $ 33.11 $ 68,870
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 50 0.43 2.44 $ 27.55 $ 57,300
Roanoke, VA 60 0.43 2.43 $ 26.32 $ 54,750
Racine, WI 30 0.42 2.41 $ 22.94 $ 47,720
Lynchburg, VA 40 0.40 2.30 $ 23.88 $ 49,670


Map of annual mean wages of morticians, undertakers, and funeral arrangers by area, May 2021


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 310 0.17 0.96 $ 38.10 $ 79,240
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 390 0.15 0.85 $ 35.55 $ 73,940
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,130 0.13 0.75 $ 34.93 $ 72,650
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 60 0.17 0.96 $ 34.36 $ 71,460
Utica-Rome, NY 40 0.37 2.09 $ 33.75 $ 70,210
Duluth, MN-WI 50 0.44 2.49 $ 33.11 $ 68,870
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 150 0.15 0.84 $ 33.07 $ 68,780
Fort Wayne, IN 40 0.20 1.16 $ 32.88 $ 68,380
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 220 0.18 1.00 $ 32.80 $ 68,220
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 70 0.18 1.02 $ 32.58 $ 67,760

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) 130 0.41 2.32 $ 28.74 $ 59,770
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.49 2.78 $ 23.57 $ 49,020
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.42 2.40 $ 23.59 $ 49,060
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.36 2.08 $ 23.21 $ 48,290
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.43 2.46 $ 20.85 $ 43,360

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 Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.67 3.85 $ 19.08 $ 39,680
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.65 3.73 $ 20.38 $ 42,390
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.65 3.69 $ 18.72 $ 38,940
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.62 3.53 $ 23.57 $ 49,020
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.61 3.51 $ 23.13 $ 48,100

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)
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.60 3.43 $ 39.62 $ 82,420
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 2.86 $ 35.43 $ 73,700
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.47 2.69 $ 35.13 $ 73,070
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.37 2.12 $ 30.11 $ 62,620
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 1.79 $ 29.83 $ 62,050


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