Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors
SOC: 39-4031.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
31,100 employed

Projected (2024):
33,200 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:

  • Certified Mortician
  • Director
  • Embalmer
  • Funeral Arrangement Director
  • Funeral Arranger
  • Funeral Arrangment Director
  • Funeral Counselor
  • Funeral Director
  • Funeral Director / Embalmer
  • Funeral Director and Embalmer
  • Funeral Director and Mortician
  • Funeral Home Manager
  • Funeral Location Manager
  • Funeral Planner
  • Funeral Planning Counselor
  • Funeral Pre-arrangement Counselor
  • Funeral Pre-arrangement Specialist
  • Funeral Pre-Need Consultant
  • Funeral Prearrangement Counselor
  • Hospital Mortician
  • Licensed Embalmer
  • Licensed Funeral Director
  • Licensed Mortician
  • Location Manager
  • Mortician
  • Operations Manager
  • Undertaker

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. 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
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • 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
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Consult with families or friends of the deceased to arrange funeral details, such as obituary notice wording, casket selection, or plans for services.
  • Obtain information needed to complete legal documents, such as death certificates or burial permits.
  • Oversee the preparation and care of the remains of people who have died.
  • Contact cemeteries to schedule the opening and closing of graves.
  • Provide information on funeral service options, products, or merchandise and maintain a casket display area.
  • Offer counsel and comfort to bereaved families or friends.
  • Close caskets and lead funeral corteges to churches or burial sites.
  • Arrange for clergy members to perform needed services.
  • Provide or arrange transportation between sites for the remains, mourners, pallbearers, clergy, or flowers.
  • Perform embalming duties as necessary.
  • Direct preparations and shipment of bodies for out-of-state burial.
  • Discuss and negotiate prearranged funerals with clients.
  • Inform survivors of benefits for which they may be eligible.
  • Maintain financial records, order merchandise, or prepare accounts.
  • Plan placement of caskets at funeral sites or place or adjust lights, fixtures, or floral displays.
  • Arrange for pallbearers or inform pallbearers or honorary groups of their duties.
  • Receive or usher people to their seats for services.
  • Plan, schedule, or coordinate funerals, burials, or cremations, arranging details such as floral delivery or the time and place of services.
  • Manage funeral home operations, including the hiring, training, or supervision of embalmers, funeral attendants, or other staff.
  • Clean funeral home facilities and grounds.
  • Participate in community activities for funeral home promotion or other purposes.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adult trocars
  • Air brushes
  • Aneurysm needles
  • Angular forceps
  • Arm and hand positioners
  • Axillary drain tubes
  • Barber scissors
  • Bistoury knives
  • Blending brushes
  • Body bags
  • Body positioners
  • Calvarium clamps
  • Carotid tubes
  • Casket lifters
  • Centrifugal force pumps
  • Cosmetic brushes
  • Curved arterial tubes
  • Curved Kelly forceps
  • Curved suture needles
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Desktop computers
  • Electric mortuary aspirators
  • Embalming bulb syringes
  • Embalming fluid pumps
  • Embalming injector needles
  • Embalming machines
  • Embalming syringes
  • Embalming vein drainage tubing
  • Emergency eye wash stations
  • Extremity positioners
  • Eye suture scissors
  • Femoral drain tubes
  • Fixation forceps
  • Gravity injectors
  • Hairpin injectors
  • Head blocks
  • Head rests
  • Highlighting brushes
  • Hydraulic body lifts
  • Hydro-electric aspirators
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Iliac drain tubes
  • Infant arterial tubes
  • Infant trocars
  • Iris scissors
  • Jugular drain tubes
  • Laptop computers
  • Lining brushes
  • Lister bandage scissors
  • Lower body positioners
  • Mayo scissors
  • Mortuary lifts
  • Nasal tube aspirators
  • Non-clogging post aspirators
  • Paint sprayers
  • Personal computers
  • Powder dusting brushes
  • Protective hoods
  • Protective medical face masks
  • Protective medical gloves
  • Protective shoe covers
  • Refrigerated body storage cabinets
  • Ring cutters
  • Safety coveralls
  • Safety goggles
  • Spring forceps
  • Steam autoclaves
  • Stippling brushes
  • Straight arterial tubes
  • Straight Kelly forceps
  • Straight surgical scissors
  • Stryker saws
  • Surgical razors
  • Surgical scalpels
  • Suture needle holders
  • Thumb forceps
  • Tinting brushes
  • Trocar sterilizers
  • Tube occluding forceps
  • Belmar & Associates Mortware
  • Corel WordPerfect software
  • Custom Data Systems Sterling Enterprise Management Software
  • FPA Software MACCS
  • FuneralKiosk
  • HMIS Advantage
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Twin Tier Technologies MIMS
  • Web browser software

  • personal care and service

    industry stats

    SOC: 39-0000

    Total Employed: 4,307,500

    Average Annual Salary: $25,650