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Career Profile: Funeral Home Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate the services or resources of funeral homes. Includes activities such as determining prices for services or merchandise and managing the facilities of funeral homes.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 12,500 people employed as funeral home managers in the United States. The median annual salary is $74,200. Entry level employees earn approximately $42,990 per year and senior employees earn approximately $156,940 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Negotiate contracts for prearranged funeral services.
  • Respond to customer complaints, legal inquiries, payment negotiations, or other post-service matters.
  • Plan and implement changes to service offerings to meet community needs or increase funeral home revenues.
  • Direct or monitor administrative, support, repair, or maintenance services for funeral homes.
  • Schedule work hours for funeral home or contract employees.
  • Set marketing, sales, or other financial goals for funeral service establishments and monitor progress toward these goals.
  • Explain goals, policies, or procedures to staff members.
  • Complete and maintain records, such as state-required documents, tracking documents, or product inventories.
  • Evaluate the performance of vendors, contract employees, or other service providers to ensure quality and cost-efficiency.
  • Set prices or credit terms for funeral products or services.
  • Review financial statements, sales or activity reports, or other performance data to identify opportunities for cost reductions or service improvements.
  • Identify skill development needs for funeral home staff.
  • Attend or make presentations at community events to promote funeral home services or build community relationships.
  • Plan and implement sales promotions or other marketing strategies and activities for funeral home operations.
  • Interview and hire new employees.
  • Direct and supervise work of embalmers, funeral attendants, death certificate clerks, cosmetologists, or other staff.
  • Schedule funerals, burials, or cremations.
  • Sell funeral services, products, or merchandise to clients.
  • Monitor funeral service operations to ensure that they comply with applicable policies, regulations, and laws.
  • Offer counsel and comfort to families and friends of the deceased.
  • Conduct market research and analyze industry trends.
  • Consult with families or friends of the deceased to arrange funeral details, such as obituary notice wording, casket selection, or plans for services.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
12,500
Annual Openings:
1,000
Increase in Openings by 2030:
3%
Annual Salary Range:
$42,990 - $156,940
Education Requirements:
Associate's degree