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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Funeral Attendants:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
32,300 3.1 % $ 14.97 $ 31,130 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Funeral Attendants:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 9.69 $ 11.43 $ 14.01 $ 17.64 $ 22.19
Annual Wage (2) $ 20,160 $ 23,770 $ 29,150 $ 36,690 $ 46,160


Industry profile for Funeral Attendants: Top

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 32,240 24.66 $ 14.96 $ 31,120

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 32,240 24.66 $ 14.96 $ 31,120

Top paying industries for Funeral Attendants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Death Care Services 32,240 24.66 $ 14.96 $ 31,120


Geographic profile for Funeral Attendants: Top

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.





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 2,510 0.21 0.89 $ 12.93 $ 26,900
Pennsylvania 2,230 0.40 1.74 $ 16.06 $ 33,410
Florida 2,230 0.26 1.14 $ 14.41 $ 29,970
Ohio 2,090 0.41 1.75 $ 14.07 $ 29,260
California 1,800 0.11 0.47 $ 19.31 $ 40,150




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 0.81 3.48 $ 12.90 $ 26,820
South Carolina 970 0.48 2.08 $ 13.63 $ 28,340
Tennessee 1,240 0.43 1.83 $ 13.22 $ 27,490
Ohio 2,090 0.41 1.75 $ 14.07 $ 29,260
North Dakota 160 0.40 1.74 $ 17.53 $ 36,470




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 0.74 $ 23.55 $ 48,990
Massachusetts 750 0.22 0.96 $ 21.52 $ 44,770
Vermont 70 0.23 1.01 $ 20.42 $ 42,480
California 1,800 0.11 0.47 $ 19.31 $ 40,150
Nevada 60 0.05 0.19 $ 19.29 $ 40,120





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)
Pittsburgh, PA 820 0.77 3.32 $ 16.88 $ 35,110
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 810 0.09 0.39 $ 18.07 $ 37,580
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 770 0.31 1.31 $ 13.33 $ 27,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 660 0.11 0.49 $ 20.29 $ 42,200
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 570 0.32 1.39 $ 16.09 $ 33,470
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 570 0.13 0.56 $ 14.91 $ 31,010
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 500 0.19 0.83 $ 22.68 $ 47,180
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 450 0.17 0.73 $ 14.23 $ 29,600
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 440 0.16 0.71 $ 15.62 $ 32,500
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 430 0.44 1.88 $ 14.34 $ 29,820




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)
Williamsport, PA 90 1.82 7.85 $ 14.85 $ 30,890
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 60 1.76 7.58 $ 13.09 $ 27,230
Wheeling, WV-OH 80 1.44 6.18 $ 11.33 $ 23,570
Roanoke, VA 180 1.22 5.26 $ 14.10 $ 29,320
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 130 1.21 5.20 $ 12.73 $ 26,490
Florence, SC 100 1.14 4.93 $ 15.83 $ 32,940
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 60 1.14 4.92 (8) (8)
Rocky Mount, NC 50 1.00 4.29 $ 14.71 $ 30,590
Utica-Rome, NY 110 0.96 4.14 $ 16.45 $ 34,220
Saginaw, MI 70 0.95 4.08 $ 12.86 $ 26,740




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 500 0.19 0.83 $ 22.68 $ 47,180
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.07 0.30 $ 21.17 $ 44,030
Modesto, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 20.71 $ 43,070
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 130 0.25 1.06 $ 20.60 $ 42,850
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 110 0.36 1.54 $ 20.51 $ 42,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 660 0.11 0.49 $ 20.29 $ 42,200
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 90 0.48 2.09 $ 20.28 $ 42,180
Springfield, IL 90 0.86 3.72 $ 20.28 $ 42,170
Worcester, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $ 20.01 $ 41,630
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 190 0.13 0.58 $ 19.61 $ 40,790

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 Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 220 0.71 3.07 $ 13.90 $ 28,910
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 210 0.78 3.37 $ 12.05 $ 25,070
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.50 2.14 $ 12.63 $ 26,280
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 0.68 2.91 $ 12.49 $ 25,980
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.63 2.70 $ 14.33 $ 29,800

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)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 1.35 5.81 $ 12.33 $ 25,640
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 40 1.34 5.75 $ 17.54 $ 36,480
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 1.32 5.69 $ 16.06 $ 33,410
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 130 0.99 4.28 $ 13.08 $ 27,200
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.99 4.27 $ 11.45 $ 23,820

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)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 1.95 $ 20.83 $ 43,330
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 19.81 $ 41,200
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.62 2.68 $ 18.57 $ 38,620
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.31 $ 18.08 $ 37,600
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 40 1.34 5.75 $ 17.54 $ 36,480


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.

(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