Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Funeral Attendant

Find Schools Near

What Does it Take to Be 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.

Funeral Attendant Responsibilities

  • Clean funeral parlors or chapels.
  • Place caskets in parlors or chapels prior to wakes or funerals.
  • Offer assistance to mourners as they enter or exit limousines.
  • Prepare obituaries for newspapers.
  • Assist with cremations and the processing and packaging of cremated remains.
  • Provide advice to mourners on how to make charitable donations in honor of the deceased.

Things a Funeral Attendant Should Know How to Do

These are the skills Funeral Attendants say are the most useful in their careers:

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.

Other Funeral Attendant Job Titles

  • Funeral Home Attendant
  • Apprentice Funeral Director
  • Undertaker Helper
  • Funeral Attendant
  • Pallbearer

Job Outlook for Funeral Attendants

In the United States, there were 36,100 jobs for Funeral Attendant in 2016. 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. There will be an estimated 5,600 positions for Funeral Attendant per 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

Tools & Technologies Used by Funeral Attendants

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Funeral Attendants may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Bookkeeping software

Becoming a Funeral Attendant

Are there Funeral Attendants education requirements?


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


Where Funeral Attendants Work


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


Similar Careers

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

Those who work as a Funeral Attendant sometimes switch careers to one of these choices:


Image Credit: via

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Featured Schools

Find Schools Near You

Our free school finder matches students with accredited colleges across the U.S.