Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
25,460 2.6 % $27.07 $56,300 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.07 $18.33 $24.93 $33.02 $40.90
Annual Wage (2) $29,260 $38,130 $51,850 $68,670 $85,060


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 24,990 18.27 $26.97 $56,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 250 0.01 $36.28 $75,460
Employment Services 110 0.00 $29.76 $61,890

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 24,990 18.27 $26.97 $56,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 250 0.01 $36.28 $75,460
Employment Services 110 0.00 $29.76 $61,890

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) 250 0.01 $36.28 $75,460
Employment Services 110 (7) $29.76 $61,890
Death Care Services 24,990 18.27 $26.97 $56,100


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 1,890 0.16 0.89 $27.30 $56,770
Florida 1,660 0.20 1.11 $26.77 $55,690
New York 1,430 0.16 0.87 $29.14 $60,610
California 1,210 0.07 0.41 $23.38 $48,620
Illinois 1,180 0.20 1.11 $33.56 $69,800




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)
West Virginia 340 0.49 2.77 $22.92 $47,680
Kentucky 900 0.48 2.67 $21.16 $44,020
South Dakota 170 0.40 2.22 $29.07 $60,470
Arkansas 380 0.32 1.79 $20.46 $42,550
Nebraska 290 0.30 1.68 $33.19 $69,040




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 300 0.18 1.02 $53.08 $110,400
Massachusetts 850 0.24 1.34 $37.55 $78,110
Delaware (8) (8) (8) $33.71 $70,110
New Jersey 660 0.16 0.92 $33.70 $70,090
Illinois 1,180 0.20 1.11 $33.56 $69,800



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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 890 0.13 0.74 $29.24 $60,820
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 530 0.15 0.81 $39.56 $82,280
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 420 0.23 1.29 $43.15 $89,750
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 410 0.15 0.87 $20.88 $43,430
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 400 0.14 0.77 $31.06 $64,600
St. Louis, MO-IL 330 0.24 1.36 $28.31 $58,890
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 290 0.22 1.25 $24.13 $50,180
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 290 0.11 0.64 $27.55 $57,310
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 280 0.33 1.86 $29.36 $61,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.06 0.35 $22.15 $46,070


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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)
Morristown, TN 40 0.96 5.35 $22.74 $47,310
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 30 0.86 4.83 $28.50 $59,280
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 70 0.61 3.39 $23.65 $49,190
Panama City, FL 50 0.60 3.33 $17.82 $37,060
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 80 0.60 3.38 $23.64 $49,160
Alexandria, LA 30 0.57 3.18 $12.63 $26,270
Wheeling, WV-OH 30 0.53 2.94 $27.78 $57,780
Sioux Falls, SD 80 0.51 2.86 $32.03 $66,630
Tyler, TX 50 0.50 2.78 $26.43 $54,980
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 40 0.46 2.56 $29.54 $61,430


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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)
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $51.43 $106,970
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 420 0.23 1.29 $43.15 $89,750
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 530 0.15 0.81 $39.56 $82,280
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.29 1.64 $39.10 $81,320
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $39.05 $81,230
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.92 $80,960
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.89 $80,890
Akron, OH 70 0.23 1.28 $36.88 $76,710
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 80 0.06 0.32 $35.15 $73,110
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 250 0.19 1.06 $34.71 $72,190

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)
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 1.58 8.84 $18.07 $37,590
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.60 3.37 $27.95 $58,130
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 150 0.99 5.57 $23.64 $49,160
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 140 0.84 4.73 $19.59 $40,750
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 0.85 4.75 $17.17 $35,710

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 1.58 8.84 $18.07 $37,590
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 110 1.07 5.98 $22.26 $46,300
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 150 0.99 5.57 $23.64 $49,160
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.91 5.07 $14.88 $30,940
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 100 0.90 5.05 $21.85 $45,450

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)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $48.54 $100,960
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $37.42 $77,820
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.34 $36.53 $75,980
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $34.20 $71,130
East Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.83 4.64 $33.54 $69,750


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018