How Much Does a Mortician Make an Hour?

Morticians are funeral directors who handle the various details of a funeral, including the handling of the deceased. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 25,820 individuals employed as morticians in 2009. The bureau indicates that the average hourly rate of pay for morticians tends to vary by location.

Hourly Pay Scale

The average hourly rate of pay for a mortician was £18.80 per hour in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This computes to an average annual salary of £39,253 per year. The bureau indicates that the top paid funeral directors made more than £61,132 per year, or £29.3 per hour, while the lowest paid morticians made less than £19,955 annually, or £9.50 per hour. The middle 50 per cent made between £12.50 and £22.40 per hour in 2010, according to the bureau.

Industry Pay

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that morticians worked in two primary fields or industries. Most worked in the death care services field. The 25,360 individuals employed in this capacity made an average hourly rate of pay of £18.80 per hour, or £39,149 annually in 2009. The remaining 380 individuals worked as morticians for the federal government and made an average hourly rate of pay of £21.90, or approximately £45,623 per year, according to the bureau.


Location also provides an indicator of the hourly rate of pay that morticians can expect to make. According to the BLS, morticians in Massachusetts made the highest rate of pay at £25.8 per hour in 2009. This resulted in average annual earnings of £53,807 per year. Morticians in New York, Delaware, Rhode Island and New Jersey were also among the highest paid, receiving average hourly rates of £23.0 to £24.90.

Job Outlook

According to the BLS, the number of jobs for morticians is expected to grow by 12 per cent from 2008 to 2018. The bureau indicates that morticians who can also provide embalming services are more likely to gain employment than those who cannot. Some jobs are likely to be available because of other morticians retiring during this period, according to the bureau.

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About the Author

Jared Lewis is a professor of history, philosophy and the humanities. He has taught various courses in these fields since 2001. A former licensed financial adviser, he now works as a writer and has published numerous articles on education and business. He holds a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in theology and has completed doctoral work in American history.

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