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Statistics

Funeral Service Facts

Median Cost of an Adult Casketed Funeral

Cost of an Adult Funeral: 1960 - Present

Median Cost of Cremation (with and without services)

Cremation Facts

Death Rates

All data published on NFDA.org is based on the latest available government, industry, and research reports; data is updated as new information becomes available. The data on this page was last updated on March 9, 2015.


Funeral Service Facts

Employment of funeral service workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022. 2

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics

(May 2013)

 

 

Employment

 

Annual Mean Wage

Funeral Service Managers

8,810

$68,420

Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors

24,280

$47,100

Funeral Attendants

33,400

$22,530

Embalmers

4,390

$41,590

 

Funeral home/funeral home combined with crematories revenue is estimated to grow to $17.2 billion in 2019. Revenue has grown 2.6% per year between over the past five years. 1
Number of U.S. funeral homes according to the National Directory of Morticians Redbook:
2014: 19,486
2009: 20,557
2004: 21,528
Approximately 86% of funeral homes in the United States are privately owned by families, individuals or closely-held companies. The remaining 14% are owned by publicly traded corporations.
The average NFDA-member funeral home handles 113 calls per year and has three full-time employees and four part-time employees.
2013 Life expectancy at birth 78.8 (both sexes); 76.4 (males), 81.2 (females)3

Median Cost of an Adult Casketed Funeral

Since the 1960s, NFDA has calculated the median cost of a funeral by totaling the costs of the items listed in the table below. The cost does not take into account cemetery, monument or marker costs, crematory fees (if cremation is selected), or cash-advance items, such as flowers and obituaries.

The national median cost of a funeral for calendar year 2012 was $7,045. If a vault is included, something that is typically required by a cemetery, the median cost is $8,343.

 

2012

 

National

Item

Median Price

Nondeclinable basic services fee

$1,975

Removal/transfer of remains to funeral home

$285

Embalming

$695

Other Preparation of the body

$225

Use of facilities/staff for viewing

$400

Use of facilities/staff for funeral ceremony

$495

Hearse

$295

Service car/van

$130

Basic memorial printed package

$150

 

 

Subtotal without Casket

$4,650

 

 

Metal Casket (Avg. charge for most frequently purchased item)

$2,395

 

 

TOTAL WITH CASKET

$7,045

 

 

Vault (Avg. charge for most frequently purchased item)

$1,298

 

 

Total with Vault

$8,343

 


Cost of an Adult Funeral: 1960 – Present

Year

Cost of an Adult Funeral

1960

$708

1965

$790

1971

$983

1975

$1,285

1980

$1,809

1985

$2,737

1991

$3,742

1995

$4,626

2000

$5,180

2006

$6,195

2009

$6,560

2012

$7,045

 

Source: NFDA 2013 General Price List Study. (Note: This study is not conducted annually.) 

 


Median Cost of Cremation (with and without services)

 

 

2013 Average Item/Service

2013 Median Charge

Direct cremation (no services) including crematory fee and alternative container*

$     2,260

Cremation with memorial service (no viewing)*

$     3,250

Casketed adult funeral with viewing and cremation*

$     5,410

Other cremation charges …

 

Urn**

$         275

Cremation casket**

$         995

 

Source:

*2014 NFDA Cremation Business Practices Study

**2013 NFDA General Price List Study

 


Cremation Facts

  • The 2014 national cremation rate is projected to be 46.7%. In 2015, the U.S. burial rate (45.8%) is projected to be greater than the U.S. cremation rate (48.2%).

Year

Projected Burial Rate

Projected Cremation Rate

2015

45.8%

48.2%

2020

38.1%

55.8%

2030

23.2%

70.6%

 

State

2015 Projected Burial Rate

2015 Projected Cremation Rate

Mississippi

79.2%

19.1%

Alabama

74.5%

24.5%

Kentucky

70.1%

25.7%

Louisiana

70.2%

27.3%

West Virginia**

59.8%

28.9%

Tennessee**

66.8%

29.5%

Utah

58.2%

32.4%

Arkansas

61.7%

34.2%

North Dakota

61.3%

36.5%

South Dakota

54.7%

37.2%

Virginia**

58.4%

37.8%

Indiana

55.9%

38.1%

Georgia

56.0%

38.8%

South Carolina

54.9%

39.3%

New York

51.0%

41.0%

Texas

50.1%

41.2%

Oklahoma

55.4%

41.2%

Missouri

53.3%

41.5%

Maryland

52.5%

41.5%

North Carolina

55.6%

41.6%

District of Columbia

53.1%

41.7%

New Jersey

46.2%

41.8%

Ohio

50.4%

43.9%

Iowa

51.3%

44.3%

Illinois**

50.7%

44.6%

Pennsylvania

49.1%

44.9%

Massachusetts

48.1%

45.0%

Nebraska

50.9%

46.0%

Kansas

49.0%

46.1%

Rhode Island**

46.7%

47.7%

Delaware

46.0%

47.8%

Connecticut

44.8%

52.2%

Wisconsin

38.4%

54.2%

Michigan

41.5%

56.7%

Idaho

29.1%

58.2%

Minnesota

37.7%

59.3%

New Mexico

32.4%

60.5%

Florida

25.5%

63.4%

California

30.2%

64.8%

Arizona

24.5%

66.9%

Alaska

25.9%

67.1%

Wyoming

26.4%

68.1%

Vermont*

19.6%

68.8%

Colorado

21.4%

70.3%

Maine**

23.8%

71.7%

New Hampshire

23.8%

71.7%

Hawaii

20.5%

73.3%

Montana

22.2%

74.6%

Oregon

16.8%

75.2%

Washington

18.1%

76.8%

Nevada*

19.1%

77.8%

Source: 2014 NFDA Cremation & Burial Report

*Percentages are estimated

**States with fewer than five years’ data in base period 2002 – 2011, indicating greater uncertainty in the projections.

Historical Cremation Rates:

    • 2010: 40.6%
    • 2000: 26.2%
    • 1990:17.1%
    • 1980: 9.7%
    • 1970: 4.6%
    • 1960: 3.6%

Source: Defort, E. J. (November 2012). Cremation by the Numbers. (E. J. Defort, Ed.) The Director, 84 (11), pp. 58-60.


 

Death Rate

U.S. death rates (annual deaths per 1,000 population)

Year

Annual Deaths per 1,000 Population

 

2000

8.5

Final Data

2001

8.5

2002

8.5

2003

8.3

2004

8.2

2005

8.3

2006

8.1

2007

8.0

2008

8.1

2009

7.9

2010

7.9

2011

8.1

Provisional Data

2012

8.3

2016-2020

8.4

Projected Data

2025

8.6

2030

8.9

2035

9.3

2040

9.6

2045-2050

9.7


Source: U.S. National Center for Health Statists-Vital Statistics of the United States; National Vital Statistics Reports; U.S. Census Bureau.