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 April 12, 2013.
Since the 1960s, NFDA has calculated the median cost of a funeral by totaling the costs of the items listed in the chart 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.
|Non-declinable basic services fee||$1,975|
|Removal/transfer of remains to funeral home||$285|
|Other preparation of the body||$225|
|Use of facilities/staff for viewing||$400|
|Use of facilities/staff for funeral ceremony||$495|
|Use of a hearse||$295|
|Use of a service car/van||$130|
|Basic memorial printed package||$150|
|MEDIAN COST OF A FUNERAL||$7,045|
|Total Cost of a Funeral with Vault
Cost of an Adult Funeral: 1960 - Present
|Year||Cost of an Adult Funeral|
Source: NFDA General Price List Survey. (Note: This survey is not conducted annually.
Source: Cremation Association of North America
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|Year||Annual Deaths per
Source: U.S. National Center for Health Statists-Vital Statistics of the United States; National Vital Statistics Reports; U.S. Census Bureau.
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