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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

39-4012 Crematory Operators

Operate crematory equipment to reduce human or animal remains to bone fragments in accordance with state and local regulations. Duties may include preparing the body for cremation and performing general maintenance on crematory equipment. May use traditional flame-based cremation, calcination, or alkaline hydrolysis.


National estimates for Crematory Operators
Industry profile for Crematory Operators
Geographic profile for Crematory Operators

National estimates for Crematory Operators:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Crematory Operators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,040 11.8 % $ 19.07 $ 39,660 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Crematory Operators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.90 $ 15.23 $ 18.03 $ 21.28 $ 24.42
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,910 $ 31,690 $ 37,490 $ 44,270 $ 50,790


Industry profile for Crematory Operators:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Crematory Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Death Care Services 1,920 1.45 $ 19.06 $ 39,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Crematory Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Death Care Services 1,920 1.45 $ 19.06 $ 39,630

Top paying industries for Crematory Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Death Care Services 1,920 1.45 $ 19.06 $ 39,630


Geographic profile for Crematory Operators:

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



Map of employment of crematory operators by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Crematory Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 330 0.02 1.37 $ 18.64 $ 38,780
North Carolina 150 0.03 2.30 $ 17.22 $ 35,820
Florida 140 0.02 1.10 $ 16.50 $ 34,320
Indiana 120 0.04 2.77 $ 16.02 $ 33,330
Pennsylvania 110 0.02 1.37 $ 22.23 $ 46,250


Map of location quotient of crematory operators by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Crematory Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana 120 0.04 2.77 $ 16.02 $ 33,330
North Carolina 150 0.03 2.30 $ 17.22 $ 35,820
Colorado 80 0.03 2.16 $ 29.17 $ 60,670
Washington 90 0.03 1.93 $ 23.60 $ 49,090
South Carolina 50 0.02 1.51 $ 15.45 $ 32,140


Map of annual mean wages of crematory operators by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Crematory Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 80 0.03 2.16 $ 29.17 $ 60,670
Washington 90 0.03 1.93 $ 23.60 $ 49,090
Massachusetts 70 0.02 1.33 $ 23.12 $ 48,090
Pennsylvania 110 0.02 1.37 $ 22.23 $ 46,250
Illinois 30 0.01 0.41 $ 19.61 $ 40,780



Map of employment of crematory operators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Crematory Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 60 0.06 4.14 $ 15.14 $ 31,490
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 50 0.02 1.55 $ 21.09 $ 43,870
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 40 0.04 2.47 $ 17.48 $ 36,360
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 40 0.02 1.14 $ 23.51 $ 48,900
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 40 0.03 1.82 $ 29.38 $ 61,120


Map of location quotient of crematory operators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Crematory Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 60 0.06 4.14 $ 15.14 $ 31,490
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 40 0.04 2.47 $ 17.48 $ 36,360
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 40 0.03 1.82 $ 29.38 $ 61,120
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 50 0.02 1.55 $ 21.09 $ 43,870
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 40 0.02 1.14 $ 23.51 $ 48,900


Map of annual mean wages of crematory operators by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Crematory Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 40 0.03 1.82 $ 29.38 $ 61,120
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 40 0.02 1.14 $ 23.51 $ 48,900
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 50 0.02 1.55 $ 21.09 $ 43,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV (8) (8) (8) $ 20.77 $ 43,200
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 40 0.04 2.47 $ 17.48 $ 36,360
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 60 0.06 4.14 $ 15.14 $ 31,490


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.

(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 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