Funeral Home Workers


Funeral Home Workers


The funeral director, also called a mortician or undertaker, handles all the arrangements for burial and funeral services of the deceased, in accordance with the family's wishes. This includes the removal of the body to the funeral home, securing information and filing for the death certificate, and organizing the service and burial plans. The director also supervises the personnel who prepare bodies for burial. A growing number of funeral directors work with clients who wish to plan their own funerals in advance. An em...

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



An associate's degree and one to three years of experience as an



Business Management


Personality Traits



Salaries of funeral home workers vary depending on experience, services performed, level of formal education, and location. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary for funeral directors, morticians, and undertakers was $52,650 in May 2018. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $29,050 and the highest paid 10 percent earned more than $89,050 a year. The departme...

Work Environment

In firms employing two or more licensees, funeral workers generally have a set schedule of eight-hour days, five or six days a week. However, because services may be needed at any hour of the day or night, shifts are usually arranged so that someone is always available at night and on weekends. 

In smaller firms, employees generally work long hours at odd times and often remain on call a...


Employment for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors should grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The need to replace those retiring (more directors are 55 or older than in other occupations) or leaving the profession will spur a demand for newly trained directors. Anticipated growth also reflects the need f...