Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
23,070 2.7 % $25.33 $52,690 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.78 $16.99 $22.52 $30.18 $38.89
Annual Wage (2) $26,580 $35,350 $46,840 $62,760 $80,900


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 22,550 16.97 $25.19 $52,390
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 360 0.02 $34.31 $71,370

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 22,550 16.97 $25.19 $52,390
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 360 0.02 $34.31 $71,370

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) 360 0.02 $34.31 $71,370
Death Care Services 22,550 16.97 $25.19 $52,390


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 1,820 0.17 0.97 $23.01 $47,850
New York 1,660 0.19 1.10 $25.68 $53,400
California 1,510 0.11 0.59 $32.63 $67,860
Florida 1,410 0.19 1.10 $24.98 $51,960
Ohio 1,130 0.22 1.27 $25.30 $52,630




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)
Mississippi 500 0.47 2.63 $17.24 $35,860
Kentucky 740 0.42 2.36 $20.53 $42,710
West Virginia 290 0.41 2.34 $23.24 $48,350
South Dakota 150 0.36 2.05 $25.44 $52,910
Kansas 460 0.35 1.98 $16.60 $34,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 760 0.13 0.76 $36.17 $75,240
Maryland 330 0.13 0.74 $34.84 $72,470
Connecticut 190 0.12 0.67 $34.36 $71,470
California 1,510 0.11 0.59 $32.63 $67,860
Michigan 780 0.20 1.12 $31.80 $66,150





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 840 0.16 0.92 $21.43 $44,570
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 460 0.13 0.72 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.11 0.63 (8) (8)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 370 0.14 0.78 $33.58 $69,840
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 290 0.14 0.78 $19.52 $40,610
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 270 0.27 1.53 $24.86 $51,710
Pittsburgh, PA 240 0.21 1.19 $22.82 $47,470
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 230 0.13 0.76 $28.60 $59,500
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 230 0.16 0.90 $19.83 $41,250
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 220 0.12 0.67 $27.61 $57,430




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)
Anderson, IN 30 0.82 4.64 $21.24 $44,180
Owensboro, KY 30 0.68 3.83 $25.15 $52,310
Jonesboro, AR 30 0.68 3.82 $18.20 $37,860
Dover, DE 40 0.66 3.71 $30.18 $62,780
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 70 0.64 3.59 $22.75 $47,320
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 80 0.57 3.21 $26.31 $54,730
Ocala, FL 50 0.52 2.92 $23.50 $48,870
Syracuse, NY 140 0.46 2.58 $24.33 $50,600
Utica-Rome, NY 50 0.43 2.45 $16.15 $33,600
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 170 0.41 2.31 $28.69 $59,680




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)
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $39.58 $82,320
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 170 0.14 0.80 $38.68 $80,460
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $35.60 $74,060
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 140 0.14 0.82 $35.52 $73,890
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 140 0.20 1.14 $35.29 $73,410
Columbus, OH (8) (8) (8) $35.12 $73,050
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.15 0.84 $34.77 $72,320
Madison, WI (8) (8) (8) $34.37 $71,490
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 370 0.14 0.78 $33.58 $69,840
Baltimore-Towson, MD 180 0.15 0.82 $33.26 $69,180

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 270 0.72 4.04 $15.46 $32,160
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 150 1.22 6.86 $13.59 $28,270
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.48 2.73 $25.94 $53,960
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 140 1.05 5.93 $25.98 $54,030
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.49 2.77 $23.21 $48,280

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)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 150 1.22 6.86 $13.59 $28,270
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 140 1.05 5.93 $25.98 $54,030
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.94 5.30 $28.89 $60,100
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.94 5.31 $18.05 $37,550
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.86 4.87 $35.24 $73,290

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)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.91 $74,690
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.86 4.87 $35.24 $73,290
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $34.34 $71,430
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.72 $32.14 $66,840
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 2.58 $31.11 $64,700


About May 2012 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 mean 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013