Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

39-4031 Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors

Perform various tasks to arrange and direct 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 Service Managers" (11-9061).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
25,850 2.7 % $26.30 $54,700 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.44 $17.67 $24.08 $31.79 $40.38
Annual Wage (2) $27,950 $36,750 $50,090 $66,130 $83,980


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Death Care Services 25,340 18.56 $26.21 $54,510
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 280 0.01 $35.58 $74,010
Employment Services 90 0.00 $27.37 $56,940

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Death Care Services 25,340 18.56 $26.21 $54,510
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 280 0.01 $35.58 $74,010
Employment Services 90 0.00 $27.37 $56,940

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 280 0.01 $35.58 $74,010
Employment Services 90 (7) $27.37 $56,940
Death Care Services 25,340 18.56 $26.21 $54,510


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 1,860 0.16 0.86 $27.03 $56,230
Florida 1,580 0.19 1.04 $27.22 $56,610
New York 1,550 0.17 0.93 $27.69 $57,600
California 1,440 0.09 0.49 $22.68 $47,180
Ohio 1,310 0.25 1.33 $24.29 $50,530




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kentucky 870 0.47 2.53 $20.36 $42,360
West Virginia 290 0.42 2.29 $22.38 $46,550
Iowa 500 0.33 1.77 $29.64 $61,660
South Dakota 140 0.32 1.76 $26.67 $55,480
Mississippi 360 0.32 1.73 $19.46 $40,480




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 840 0.24 1.31 $35.28 $73,390
Delaware 80 0.18 0.96 $35.03 $72,850
Illinois 1,110 0.19 1.02 $33.19 $69,040
New Jersey 480 0.12 0.67 $33.09 $68,840
North Dakota 110 0.26 1.40 $30.54 $63,520





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 860 0.13 0.71 $27.08 $56,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 600 0.14 0.77 $23.05 $47,930
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 490 0.14 0.73 $39.12 $81,370
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 470 0.16 0.87 $33.38 $69,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 390 0.15 0.84 $19.12 $39,770
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 300 0.36 1.96 $31.38 $65,270
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 0.66 $24.24 $50,420
St. Louis, MO-IL 280 0.20 1.11 $26.58 $55,290
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 270 0.26 1.39 $24.96 $51,910
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 250 0.13 0.71 $31.39 $65,290




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 40 1.07 5.79 $24.74 $51,460
Owensboro, KY 50 0.96 5.22 $17.52 $36,440
Morristown, TN 30 0.78 4.24 $23.25 $48,370
Mansfield, OH 30 0.65 3.55 $24.45 $50,860
Johnstown, PA 40 0.65 3.52 $18.55 $38,580
Asheville, NC 110 0.57 3.11 $25.77 $53,610
Port St. Lucie, FL 80 0.56 3.06 $22.30 $46,390
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 120 0.55 2.98 $21.63 $45,000
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 70 0.54 2.92 $21.09 $43,860
Winston-Salem, NC 140 0.53 2.88 $27.27 $56,720




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $42.46 $88,310
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $40.74 $84,730
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 490 0.14 0.73 $39.12 $81,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 160 0.06 0.34 $38.56 $80,210
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 140 0.12 0.66 $36.88 $76,720
Elkhart-Goshen, IN (8) (8) (8) $36.77 $76,490
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 240 0.19 1.03 $36.60 $76,130
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 60 0.21 1.16 $36.15 $75,190
Bloomington, IL (8) (8) (8) $34.91 $72,600
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.06 0.35 $34.83 $72,440

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 200 1.34 7.26 $19.44 $40,430
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 1.52 8.28 $17.87 $37,170
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 150 1.02 5.53 $17.22 $35,820
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 0.52 2.85 $29.89 $62,170
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.97 5.26 $27.61 $57,430

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 1.52 8.28 $17.87 $37,170
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 200 1.34 7.26 $19.44 $40,430
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 150 1.02 5.53 $17.22 $35,820
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 100 0.98 5.34 $18.25 $37,970
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.97 5.26 $27.61 $57,430

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.56 $76,040
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 2.44 $34.77 $72,320
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 1.39 $34.05 $70,830
East Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.83 $68,290
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.92 $66,390


About May 2016 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017