Funeral Service Occupations

What Funeral Service Workers Do

Funeral service workers organize and manage the details of a ceremony honoring a deceased person.

Work Environment

Funeral service workers are employed in funeral homes and crematories. They are often on call; irregular hours, including evenings and weekends, are common. Most work full time, and some work more than 40 hours per week.

How to Become a Funeral Service Worker

An associate’s degree in funeral service or mortuary science is the education typically required to become a funeral service worker. Most employers and state licensing laws require applicants to be 21 years old, have at least 2 years of formal postsecondary education, have supervised training, and pass a state licensing exam.


The median annual wage for funeral home managers was $74,200 in May 2020.

The median annual wage for morticians, undertakers, and funeral arrangers was $54,100 in May 2020.

Job Outlook

Overall employment of funeral service workers is projected to decline 4 percent from 2019 to 2029. Those who are licensed as funeral directors and embalmers and who are willing to relocate should have the best job opportunities.

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