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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an embalmer. For example, did you know that they make an average of $22.99 an hour? That's $47,816 a year!

What Does an Embalmer Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be an embalmer, we found that a lot of resumes listed 54.7% of embalmers included osha, while 14.7% of resumes included memorial services, and 8.2% of resumes included death. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the embalmer job title. But what industry to start with? Most embalmers actually find jobs in the hospitality and education industries.

How To Become an Embalmer

If you're interested in becoming an embalmer, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 15.4% of embalmers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 1.5% of embalmers have master's degrees. Even though some embalmers have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become an embalmer. When we researched the most common majors for an embalmer, we found that they most commonly earn associate degree degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on embalmer resumes include high school diploma degrees or master's degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an embalmer. In fact, many embalmer jobs require experience in a role such as embalmer/funeral director. Meanwhile, many embalmers also have previous career experience in roles such as funeral director or apprentice embalmer.

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Average Salary$47,816

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Average Salary for an Embalmer

Embalmers in America make an average salary of $47,816 per year or $23 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $73,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $31,000 per year.
Average Salary
$47,816

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Embalmer
Embalmer
Summit Crest Inc. D/B/A Lee's Funeral Home
Summit Crest Inc. D/B/A Lee's Funeral Home
01/19/2010
01/19/2010
$21,64201/19/2010
$21,642

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Embalmer Demographics

Gender

male

54.5 %

female

38.3 %

unknown

7.1 %

Ethnicity

White

62.6 %

Hispanic or Latino

20.4 %

Black or African American

7.2 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0 %
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Embalmer Education

Majors

Degrees

Associate

60.0 %

Bachelors

15.4 %

High School Diploma

13.8 %

Top Colleges for Embalmers

1. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

In-State Tuition
$14,760
Enrollment
31,451

2. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

3. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

4. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

5. Point Park University

Pittsburgh, PA

In-State Tuition
$31,450
Enrollment
3,170

6. SUNY College of Technology at Canton

Canton, NY

In-State Tuition
$8,389
Enrollment
3,127

7. Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME

In-State Tuition
$13,478
Enrollment
979

8. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

9. California State University - Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

In-State Tuition
$7,309
Enrollment
9,142

10. SUNY at Binghamton

Vestal, NY

In-State Tuition
$9,808
Enrollment
13,990
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Top Skills For an Embalmer

  • SCI, 79.5%
  • Osha, 14.9%
  • Memorial Services, 2.0%
  • Death Certificates, 1.7%
  • Prep Room, 1.4%
  • Other Skills, 0.5%
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Top Embalmer Employers

1. Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$37,676
Embalmers Hired: 
2+
2. Service Corporation International
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$52,741
Embalmers Hired: 
2+
3. G H Herrmann Funeral Homes
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$31,114
Embalmers Hired: 
2+
4. Forest Lawn Funeral Home Memorial Park & Crematory
3.4
Avg. Salary: 
$31,316
Embalmers Hired: 
1+
5. Perry Homes
3.5
Avg. Salary: 
$47,096
Embalmers Hired: 
1+
6. Miller-Jones Mortuary, Hemet
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$47,166
Embalmers Hired: 
1+

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