Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
25,160 2.6 % $25.06 $52,130 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.46 $17.01 $22.72 $30.19 $40.16
Annual Wage (2) $25,910 $35,390 $47,250 $62,790 $83,520


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 24,690 18.33 $24.94 $51,870
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 330 0.02 $34.77 $72,320

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 24,690 18.33 $24.94 $51,870
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 330 0.02 $34.77 $72,320

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) 330 0.02 $34.77 $72,320
Death Care Services 24,690 18.33 $24.94 $51,870


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 1,940 0.17 0.93 $24.11 $50,140
Ohio 1,500 0.29 1.55 $24.83 $51,650
California 1,490 0.10 0.53 $22.71 $47,230
New York 1,460 0.17 0.89 $25.26 $52,540
Florida 1,250 0.16 0.87 $25.74 $53,540




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)
West Virginia 300 0.42 2.28 $22.20 $46,180
Mississippi 460 0.42 2.28 $17.31 $35,990
Kentucky 710 0.39 2.10 $20.30 $42,220
Tennessee 890 0.32 1.74 $24.24 $50,430
Montana 140 0.32 1.72 $27.30 $56,790




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 80 0.19 1.00 $34.12 $70,970
Illinois 1,080 0.19 1.01 $33.91 $70,530
New Jersey 850 0.22 1.18 $33.80 $70,310
Rhode Island (8) (8) (8) $33.74 $70,190
Nebraska 190 0.20 1.09 $29.57 $61,510





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 760 0.14 0.76 $21.75 $45,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 620 0.15 0.82 $20.59 $42,840
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 590 0.16 0.85 $37.98 $78,990
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 430 0.15 0.82 $31.65 $65,830
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 350 0.19 1.02 $28.72 $59,740
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 340 0.33 1.80 $21.74 $45,230
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 320 0.14 0.76 $21.62 $44,960
St. Louis, MO-IL 270 0.21 1.11 $23.19 $48,230
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 260 0.26 1.40 $27.03 $56,220
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 250 0.14 0.74 $29.96 $62,310




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)
Pueblo, CO 40 0.71 3.80 $18.11 $37,670
Williamsport, PA 30 0.64 3.42 $19.35 $40,250
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 40 0.59 3.17 $28.52 $59,330
Burlington, NC 30 0.57 3.05 $24.34 $50,630
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 60 0.52 2.80 $21.14 $43,980
Asheville, NC 90 0.52 2.81 $22.53 $46,860
Topeka, KS 50 0.49 2.62 $18.84 $39,190
Wheeling, WV-OH 30 0.48 2.56 $25.20 $52,420
Ocala, FL 40 0.47 2.53 $23.50 $48,880
Macon, GA 40 0.47 2.53 $19.35 $40,250




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 120 0.05 0.27 $42.03 $87,430
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 230 0.18 0.99 $38.51 $80,110
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 180 0.18 0.96 $38.25 $79,560
Elkhart-Goshen, IN (8) (8) (8) $38.04 $79,130
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 590 0.16 0.85 $37.98 $78,990
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $37.80 $78,620
Oklahoma City, OK 120 0.20 1.08 $37.74 $78,510
Binghamton, NY 40 0.39 2.12 $36.44 $75,790
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI (8) (8) (8) $36.01 $74,890
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 60 0.05 0.26 $35.81 $74,480

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)
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 160 0.59 3.19 $25.66 $53,370
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.49 2.65 $34.50 $71,770
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.38 2.03 $23.04 $47,920
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.49 2.65 $17.88 $37,200
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.98 5.28 $31.59 $65,710

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)
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 110 1.06 5.68 $15.74 $32,740
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.98 5.28 $31.59 $65,710
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 120 0.93 5.01 $21.36 $44,430
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 140 0.92 4.93 $18.31 $38,090
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 120 0.89 4.78 $14.80 $30,780

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)
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 3.13 $36.80 $76,550
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.10 $75,080
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 1.66 $36.05 $74,980
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.49 2.65 $34.50 $71,770
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.98 5.28 $31.59 $65,710


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015