Embalmers & funeral attendants

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
16.7k
Average Age
51.8
Estimated Job Growth
−3.4%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$24,792
Average Male Salary
$25,922
Average Female Salary
$21,803

About

Embalmers & funeral attendants are most often employed by the Funeral homes, & cemeteries & crematories  industry. The average yearly wage for Embalmers & funeral attendants was $24,792 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Embalmers & funeral attendants by wage are Stockers and order fillers, Bakers, and Motor vehicle operators, all other.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Embalmers & funeral attendants are Hartford County (North) PUMA, CT and Tuscola, Sanilac & Huron Counties PUMA, MI. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Embalmers & funeral attendants are Hartford County (North) PUMA, CT and Tuscola, Sanilac & Huron Counties PUMA, MI.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Embalmers & funeral attendants and on wages and locations for those in the field. Funeral homes, & cemeteries & crematories is the industry that employs the most Embalmers & funeral attendants, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Embalmers & funeral attendants, by average wage, is Nail salons & other personal care services. Embalmers & funeral attendants are paid most in Rockford City PUMA, IL but are relatively concentrated in Hartford County (North) PUMA, CT.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$24,792
AVERAGE SALARY
± $5,165

In 2020, Embalmers & funeral attendants earned an average of $24,792, $31,162 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Bakers make somewhat more than Embalmers & funeral attendants while Stockers and order fillers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Embalmers & funeral attendants as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.42
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Embalmers & funeral attendants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.42, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Embalmers & funeral attendants (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

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

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Embalmers & funeral attendants, by number of employees, are Funeral homes, & cemeteries & crematories , Nail salons & other personal care services, and Other personal services.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Embalmers & funeral attendants, by average wage, are Nail salons & other personal care services, Funeral homes, & cemeteries & crematories , and Other personal services.

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Industries by Share

16.7k
2020 Workforce
± 3,174
−3.29%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 27.5%

The number of people employed as Embalmers & funeral attendants has been declining at a rate of −3.29%, from 17,285 people in 2019 to 16,716 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Embalmers & funeral attendants employed by various industries. Funeral homes, & cemeteries & crematories employs the largest share of Embalmers & funeral attendants at  93.5%, followed by Nail salons & other personal care services with 0.909% and Other personal services with 0.622%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Embalmers & funeral attendants in the US. The average age of male Embalmers & funeral attendants in the workforce is 53.6 and of female Embalmers & funeral attendants is 47.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Embalmers & funeral attendants is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

12.1k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,704
4.59k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,662

72.6% of Embalmers & funeral attendants are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Embalmers & funeral attendants.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Embalmers & funeral attendants
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

75.2% of Embalmers & funeral attendants are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.41% of Embalmers & funeral attendants, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Embalmers & funeral attendants.

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Age by Sex

53.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 4.11
47.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 7.18

The median age of Embalmers & funeral attendants is 51.8, and Male employees are generally 6.53 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Embalmers & funeral attendants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Embalmers & funeral attendants need many skills, but most especially Speaking, Social Perceptiveness, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Embalmers & funeral attendants need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Service Orientation, and Social Perceptiveness.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Embalmers and Funeral Attendants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Embalmers and Funeral Attendants are expected to see a growth of −3.4% 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 Embalmers and Funeral Attendants.
−3.4%
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 Embalmers and Funeral Attendants. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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