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What is a Funeral Attendant?

Occupation Description Perform variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service; arranging floral offerings or lights around casket; directing or escorting mourners; closing casket; and issuing and storing funeral equipment.

What Do Funeral Attendants Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Close caskets at appropriate point in services.
  • Arrange floral offerings or lights around caskets.
  • Direct or escort mourners to parlors or chapels in which wakes or funerals are being held.
  • Meet with family members to plan the funeral.
  • Clean and drive funeral vehicles, such as cars or hearses, in funeral processions.
  • Prepare obituaries for newspapers.

Things a Funeral Attendant Should Know How to Do

Below is a list of the skills most Funeral Attendants say are important on the job.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

  • Undertaker Helper
  • Pallbearer
  • Funeral Home Associate
  • Family Services Assistant (FSA)
  • Mortician Helper

Is There Going to be Demand for Funeral Attendants?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 36,100 jobs in the United States for Funeral Attendant. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 2.5% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 900 new jobs for Funeral Attendant by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 5,600 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Funeral Attendant are New Jersey, Maine, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Kansas, Illinois, or New Mexico. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Funeral Attendant Make?

Funeral Attendants make between $18,900 and $40,860 a year.


Funeral Attendants who work in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or Vermont, make the highest salaries.

How much do Funeral Attendants make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $24,170
Arizona $29,620
Arkansas $22,180
California $37,610
Colorado $30,400
Connecticut $33,010
Delaware $35,330
Florida $25,290
Georgia $25,860
Hawaii $26,430
Idaho $35,360
Illinois $27,000
Indiana $23,460
Iowa $28,880
Kansas $24,450
Kentucky $30,670
Louisiana $22,770
Maine $26,540
Maryland $30,400
Massachusetts $42,540
Michigan $28,710
Minnesota $31,990
Mississippi $25,720
Missouri $26,360
Montana $30,050
Nebraska $30,830
Nevada $32,110
New Hampshire $34,890
New Jersey $35,150
New Mexico $28,560
New York $30,910
North Carolina $27,440
North Dakota $28,960
Ohio $27,040
Oklahoma $23,330
Oregon $34,130
Pennsylvania $29,020
Rhode Island $43,370
South Carolina $24,100
South Dakota $26,910
Tennessee $27,220
Texas $26,810
Utah $26,320
Vermont $37,600
Virginia $27,310
Washington $33,910
West Virginia $25,800
Wisconsin $28,200
Wyoming $32,920

What Tools do Funeral Attendants Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Funeral Attendants:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Bookkeeping software

Becoming a Funeral Attendant

Individuals working as a Funeral Attendant have obtained the following education levels:


What work experience do I need to become a Funeral Attendant?


Where do Funeral Attendants Work?


The table below shows the approximate number of Funeral Attendants employed by various industries.


Those interested in being a Funeral Attendant may also be interested in:

Career changers with experience as a Funeral Attendant sometimes find work in one of the following fields:


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