Funeral Director

Quick Facts: Funeral Service Occupations
2012 Median Pay $51,600 per year
$24.81 per hour
Entry-Level Education Associate’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation See How to Become One
On-the-job Training See How to Become One
Number of Jobs, 2012 32,800
Job Outlook, 2012-22 12% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 4,000

What Funeral Service Occupations Do

Funeral service workers organize and manage the details of a funeral.

Work Environment

Funeral service workers mostly work in funeral homes and crematories. They often are on call and work long hours, including evenings and weekends. Most work full time.

How to Become a Funeral Service Worker

An associate’s degree in mortuary science is the minimum education requirement for morticians, undertakers, funeral directors, and funeral service managers. With the exception of funeral service managers, all workers must be licensed.


The median annual wage for funeral service workers was $51,600 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of funeral service workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Those who are licensed as both funeral directors and embalmers and are willing to relocate should have the best job opportunities.


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