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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a memorial counselor. For example, did you know that they make an average of $39.75 an hour? That's $82,683 a year!

What Does a Memorial Counselor Do

There are certain skills that many memorial counselors have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed for recreation workers who generally work part time, such as camp counselors and activity specialists, certain qualities may be more important than education, math skills and analytical skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a memorial counselor, we found that a lot of resumes listed 53.8% of memorial counselors included cemetery arrangements, while 11.4% of resumes included customer service, and 8.3% of resumes included funeral services. 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 memorial counselor job title. But what industry to start with? Most memorial counselors actually find jobs in the hospitality and professional industries.

How To Become a Memorial Counselor

If you're interested in becoming a memorial counselor, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 40.0% of memorial counselors have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 20.0% of memorial counselors have master's degrees. Even though most memorial counselors 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 a memorial counselor. When we researched the most common majors for a memorial counselor, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on memorial counselor resumes include associate degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a memorial counselor. In fact, many memorial counselor jobs require experience in a role such as sales representative. Meanwhile, many memorial counselors also have previous career experience in roles such as assistant manager or customer service representative.

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Average Salary$82,683

Memorial Counselor Jobs

Memorial Counselor Demographics

Gender

female

55.9 %

male

36.6 %

unknown

7.5 %

Ethnicity

White

72.1 %

Hispanic or Latino

14.6 %

Black or African American

6.5 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

83.3 %

French

16.7 %
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Memorial Counselor Education

Majors

Business
22.2 %

Degrees

Bachelors

40.0 %

Masters

20.0 %

Associate

16.7 %

Top Colleges for Memorial Counselors

1. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

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

2. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

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

3. California State University - Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

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

4. SUNY at Binghamton

Vestal, NY

In-State Tuition
$9,808
Enrollment
13,990

5. Villanova University

Villanova, PA

In-State Tuition
$53,308
Enrollment
6,819

6. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

In-State Tuition
$7,488
Enrollment
30,018

7. SUNY Farmingdale

Farmingdale, NY

In-State Tuition
$8,306
Enrollment
9,394

8. SUNY Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY

In-State Tuition
$9,625
Enrollment
17,407

9. New York University

New York, NY

In-State Tuition
$51,828
Enrollment
26,339

10. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

In-State Tuition
$14,760
Enrollment
31,451
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Top Memorial Counselor Employers

1. StoneMor Partners L.P.
3.6
Avg. Salary: 
$46,423
Memorial Counselors Hired: 
9+
2. Service Corporation International
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$52,741
Memorial Counselors Hired: 
5+
3. Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$37,676
Memorial Counselors Hired: 
4+
4. Starplex
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$46,023
Memorial Counselors Hired: 
4+
5. Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$45,871
Memorial Counselors Hired: 
3+
6. Inglewood Park Cemetery
3.3
Avg. Salary: 
$38,613
Memorial Counselors Hired: 
2+

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Updated October 2, 2020