There are currently an estimated 288,300 coroners in the United States. The coroner job market is expected to grow by 8.2% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are coroners?

CareerExplorer rates coroners with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 28,700 coroners. That number is based on 23,700 additional coroners, and the retirement of 5,000 existing coroners.

Are coroners in demand?

While considerable job growth is predicted for medical doctors in general, the coroner field is a relatively small and very specialized subset of the occupation, in which competition is projected to be high. Because of the nature of the coroner profession, demand in this sector will remain relatively stable and never significantly decline. It may increase slightly as more criminal investigations rely upon the evidence and expertise of coroners. On the other hand, government budget constraints may reduce funding for these positions and cause smaller jurisdictions to rely on part-time versus full-time personnel. In some areas, coroners may not be salaried employees and may instead be paid a fixed fee each time that they perform their services. Most counties in the United States elect their coroners, meaning that job seekers are faced with the added pressure of campaigning. These two potentialities of life as a coroner may complicate job searches. As with most professions, coroners may complement their education and licenses by pursuing voluntary certifications. The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) and the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) offer professional designations which may enhance candidates’ employability and electability. Teaching, research, and consultancy positions are among the advancement opportunities for medical examiners.

What’s the supply of coroners?

The coroner industry is concentrated in California, Texas, New York

Coroner job market by state

State Name Employed Coroners
California 35,790
Texas 25,260
New York 21,490
Florida 17,580
Pennsylvania 11,650
New Jersey 10,800
Washington 8,690
Georgia 8,620
Illinois 8,590
Virginia 7,850
Ohio 7,830
Maryland 7,510
Massachusetts 7,300
Arizona 7,290
North Carolina 7,030
Colorado 5,710
Michigan 5,610
Tennessee 5,320
Missouri 4,900
Louisiana 4,590
District of Columbia 4,580
Minnesota 4,570
Oklahoma 4,220
Indiana 3,970
Puerto Rico 3,950
Connecticut 3,730
South Carolina 3,520
Wisconsin 3,480
Nebraska 3,010
Kansas 2,780
Utah 2,750
Arkansas 2,630
Oregon 2,580
Kentucky 2,380
Mississippi 2,300
Vermont 2,130
Iowa 2,100
Nevada 1,990
Alabama 1,460
New Hampshire 1,450
New Mexico 1,440
Hawaii 1,370
Idaho 1,220
North Dakota 1,130
West Virginia 1,070
Delaware 1,030
Maine 1,020
South Dakota 970
Montana 960
Alaska 760
Rhode Island 670
Wyoming 390
Guam 210
Virgin Islands, U.S. 160