Morticians plan funerals, prepare obituary notices, coordinate the participation of clergymen and pallbearers and schedule burials. Morticians also prepare the bodies for interment and console family members. Their hourly wages vary, depending on experience and the size and location of their mortuary.
Hourly Wages Approximately $25
Morticians averaged $24.87 per hour as of May 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - with the low and the high range between $12.73 and $38.61. Morticians are required to complete at least an associate degree in mortuary science and train for one to three years as apprentices. They must also pass a competency exam through the American Board of Funeral Service Education to receive a state license.
High Earnings in Northeast
In 2013, funeral homes in Illinois paid their morticians the highest hourly rates—$36.05, the BLS reported—while those in Kentucky made the least at $17.77. Morticians averaged the highest wages of between $27.90 and $36.04 in six Northeast states: New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. They made relatively low wages -- $17.77 to $21.56 -- in seven Southern states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky.
Projected deaths of the large baby boom generation between 2012 and 2022 will spur employment growth for morticians and funeral directors by 12 percent, which is as fast as average. Many people will also prearrange their funerals, which should also positively impact jobs. Morticians can advance their careers by becoming owners of funeral homes.