Funeral Attendants
SOC: 39-4021.00

Description:

Perform variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service; arranging floral offerings or lights around casket; directing or escorting mourners; closing casket; and issuing and storing funeral equipment.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
36,100 employed

Projected (2024):
35,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Apprentice Funeral Director
  • Attendant
  • Crematory Operator
  • Donations Attendant
  • Family Services Assistant (FSA)
  • Funeral Assistant
  • Funeral Attendant
  • Funeral Greeter
  • Funeral Home Assistant
  • Funeral Home Associate
  • Funeral Home Attendant
  • Funeral Service Apprentice
  • Mortician Helper
  • Pallbearer
  • Property Man
  • Property Worker
  • Undertaker Assistant
  • Undertaker Helper


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Perform a variety of tasks during funerals to assist funeral directors and to ensure that services run smoothly and as planned.
  • Greet people at the funeral home.
  • Offer assistance to mourners as they enter or exit limousines.
  • Close caskets at appropriate point in services.
  • Obtain burial permits and register deaths.
  • Direct or escort mourners to parlors or chapels in which wakes or funerals are being held.
  • Place caskets in parlors or chapels prior to wakes or funerals.
  • Clean and drive funeral vehicles, such as cars or hearses, in funeral processions.
  • Carry flowers to hearses or limousines for transportation to places of interment.
  • Clean funeral parlors or chapels.
  • Arrange floral offerings or lights around caskets.
  • Provide advice to mourners on how to make charitable donations in honor of the deceased.
  • Issue and store funeral equipment.
  • Assist with cremations and the processing and packaging of cremated remains.
  • Act as pallbearers.
  • Transport the deceased to the funeral home.
  • Attend to the needs of the bereaved, such as by offering comfort, counseling, or after care programs.
  • Perform various administrative tasks, such as typing documents or answering telephone calls.
  • Supervise funeral processions and assist with cemetery parking.
  • Deliver floral arrangements or other items to family members of the deceased.
  • Perform general maintenance tasks for funeral homes, such as maintaining equipment or caring for funeral grounds.
  • Embalm, dress, cosmeticize, and casket the deceased.
  • Manage funeral home finances, including receiving payments, making bank deposits, or performing general bookkeeping duties.
  • Obtain doctors' signatures on death certificate and complete other paperwork, such as insurance claims forms.
  • Meet with family members to plan the funeral.
  • Prepare obituaries for newspapers.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Body bridges
  • Casket carriages
  • Casket lowering devices
  • Compaction tampers
  • Cremation stands
  • Dump trailers
  • Funeral church trucks
  • Hearses
  • Mausoleum lifts
  • Monument lifts
  • Mortuary bier pins
  • Mortuary cots
  • Mortuary dressing tables
  • Mortuary lift systems
  • Mortuary operating tables
  • Mortuary roller systems
  • Mortuary vans
  • Numbering machines
  • Pallbearer casket carriages
  • Passenger vehicles
  • Vault lowering devices
  • Bookkeeping software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word


  • personal care and service


    industry stats

    SOC: 39-0000

    Total Employed: 4,307,500

    Average Annual Salary: $25,650