Morticians, who may also be referred to as funeral directors or undertakers, make arrangements for funerals according to the wishes of the deceased individual and his or her family members. The salary for a mortician will depend on factors such as his location, his employer and his level of experience and qualifications.
The average salary for a mortician in the United States is £39,253 as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the salary scale, morticians in the 10th percentile earn an income of £19,955, those in the 25th percentile earn £26,117, those in the 75th percentile earn £46,631 and those in the 90th percentile earn £61,132, with the median salary at £35,340.
Morticians may work in either public or private practice. Most work in the industry of death care services, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and earn an average salary of £39,149 a year. Others work for the federal executive branch and earn an average annual income of £45,623.
Wages for morticians vary from one area to the next. The bureau lists Massachusetts as the top-paying state for morticians with an average salary of £53,807, followed by New Jersey at £51,889 and Rhode Island at £50,843. The highest-paying metropolitan area in the country for morticians is Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa, at £101,484 for an average salary, followed by Rockford, Illinois, at £70,440 and Newark-Union, New Jersey-Pennsylvania, at £66,911.
Qualifications and Outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that morticians usually complete two to four years of study in mortuary science in a college program and serve a one-year apprenticeship. All states have licensure requirements for morticians which vary but typically require morticians be at least 21 years old and pass a qualifying examination. The bureau predicts that the employment of morticians will increase by 12 per cent between 2008 and 2018.
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