Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors

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2019 Workforce
37.6k
Average Age
49.7
Estimated Job Growth
−1.88%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$58,459
Average Male Salary
$65,096
Average Female Salary
$43,592

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Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors are most often employed by the Funeral homes, & cemeteries & crematories  industry. The average yearly wage for Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors was $58,459 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors by wage are Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders, Artists & related workers, and Television, video, & motion picture camera operators & editors.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors are . The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors are .

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors and on wages and locations for those in the field. Funeral homes, & cemeteries & crematories is the industry that employs the most Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors, by average wage, is Funeral homes, & cemeteries & crematories . Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors are paid most in Lompoc, Guadalupe, Solvang & Buellton Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in false.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$58,459
AVERAGE SALARY
± $7,311

In 2019, Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors earned an average of $58,459, $2,936 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Television, video, & motion picture camera operators & editors make somewhat more than Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors while Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.393
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.393, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors.

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Employment Over Time

37.6k
2019 Workforce
± 4,757
6.22%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 17.1%

The number of people employed as Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors has been growing at a rate of 6.22%, from 35,359 people in 2018 to 37,557 people in 2019.

This graphic shows how the number of Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors employed by the Funeral homes, & cemeteries & crematories industry has changed over time.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors in the US. The average age of male Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors in the workforce is 51.8 and of female Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors is 44.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

26k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,956
11.6k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,643

69.1% of Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

77.6% of Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.3% of Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors.

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Age by Gender

51.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.27
44.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.34

The median age of Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors is 49.7, and Male employees are generally 6.97 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors is Business but a relatively high number of Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors hold a major in Personal & Culinary Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors need many skills, but most especially Social Perceptiveness, Active Listening, and Service Orientation. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors need more than the average amount of Management of Financial Resources, Management of Material Resources, and Social Perceptiveness.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers are expected to see a growth of −1.88% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers.
−1.88%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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