Being a funeral director takes a special person. Meeting and assisting people at their hardest hour can be challenging, but also rewarding. A good funeral director will create a meaningful experience and ensure the loved one is honored properly.
What does it take to become a funeral director and what is the mean funeral director salary?
Funeral Director Requirements
While requirements differ by state, here’s what you’ll need to complete to become a funeral director.
*A high school diploma
*An associate degree in funeral service education (some states require a bachelor’s degree)
*An apprenticeship lasting from one to two years
*Passing the national board examination. Some states require passing a state licensing examine as well
Funeral Director Salary
The mean funeral director salary for 2014 was $52,130 (Bureau Labor of Statistics). As you might expect, the best pay for funeral directors can be found in the northeast.
Delaware was the state with the highest average pay at $70,970. The Washington DC metropolitan area was the best paying at $87,430. The NYC Metro area and central New Jersey followed at 2nd and 3rd.
The top states with the highest concentrations of funeral director jobs include: West Virginia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The map below shows funeral director salaries throughout the country.
Map from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
If you’re interested in a career as a funeral director the best thing to do is contact your local funeral home. The funeral director will give you a good idea of what to expect, and if this is for you.
Filed Under: Funeral Industry