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Occupational Employment Statistics


39-4031 Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors

Perform various tasks to arrange and direct funeral services, such as coordinating transportation of body to mortuary, interviewing family or other authorized person to arrange details, selecting pallbearers, aiding with the selection of officials for religious rites, and providing transportation for mourners. Excludes “Funeral Service Managers” (11-9061).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 13018$40.77/hr$24.02/hr$30.22/hr$38.72/hr$50.20/hr$54.33/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Other Services690$38.33/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 10$30.07/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 10$42.35/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$37.93/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 30$34.24/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 30$41.21/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 50$37.65/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 50$37.65/hr6.3%
Southwest Balance of State 60$42.35/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 70$41.43/hr5.9%
Southeast Balance of State 80$39.33/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 80$39.09/hr11.5%
Southeast Minnesota 80$39.33/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 110$38.83/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 130$38.72/hr6.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 270$37.46/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 310$37.58/hrN/A
Minnesota 690$38.45/hr7.5%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Funeral Home Managers 200$50.91/hr3.8%
Community Health Workers 880$22.93/hr16.4%
Lodging Managers 530$35.15/hr1.5%

  • Close caskets and lead funeral corteges to churches or burial sites.
  • Plan placement of caskets at funeral sites or place or adjust lights, fixtures, or floral displays.
  • Contact cemeteries to schedule the opening and closing of graves.
  • Receive or usher people to their seats for services.
  • Arrange for clergy members to perform needed services.
  • Plan, schedule, or coordinate funerals, burials, or cremations, arranging details such as floral delivery or the time and place of services.
  • Inform survivors of benefits for which they may be eligible.
  • Provide or arrange transportation between sites for the remains, mourners, pallbearers, clergy, or flowers.
  • Arrange for pallbearers or inform pallbearers or honorary groups of their duties.
  • Consult with families or friends of the deceased to arrange funeral details, such as obituary notice wording, casket selection, or plans for services.