Embalmers are one of the happiest careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, embalmers rate their career happiness 3.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 13% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy embalmers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Coroner
4.1
$72k
Embalmer
3.9
$48k
Ski patroller
3.9
$29k
American sign language interpreter
3.6
$49k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are embalmers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do embalmers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as embalmers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are embalmer’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are embalmers making the best use of their abilities?

Are embalmers happy with their salary?

Embalmers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.5/5. The majority of embalmers are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

We asked embalmers how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

20 embalmers

5 Star
25%

25% of embalmers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of embalmers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
35%

35% of embalmers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of embalmers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of embalmers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do embalmers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, embalmers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 4.1/5. Unlike many careers, embalmers have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become embalmers.

We asked embalmers how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

4.1 out of 5 stars

19 embalmers

5 Star
58%

58% of embalmers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
5%

5% of embalmers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of embalmers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of embalmers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of embalmers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as embalmers?

Embalmers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.7/5. The majority of embalmers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked embalmers how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.7 out of 5 stars

22 embalmers

5 Star
73%

73% of embalmers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
27%

27% of embalmers rated their career fit 4 stars

How enjoyable is an embalmer’s work environment?

As a whole, embalmers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 4.2/5. A solid majority of embalmers enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as an embalmer.

We asked embalmers how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

4.2 out of 5 stars

22 embalmers

5 Star
64%

64% of embalmers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
14%

14% of embalmers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
14%

14% of embalmers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of embalmers rated their work environment 2 stars

Are embalmers making the best use of their abilities?

Former embalmers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 4.2/5. Most embalmers surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as an embalmer, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked embalmers how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

4.2 out of 5 stars

22 embalmers

5 Star
59%

59% of embalmers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of embalmers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
14%

14% of embalmers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of embalmers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of embalmers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars