Funeral directors are about average in terms of happiness.

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, funeral directors rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 49% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy funeral directors 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
Aesthetician
3.3
$37k
Librarian
3.3
$59k
Painting, coating & decorating worker
3.2
$37k
Tailor
3.2
$31k
Lifeguard
3.2
$26k
Funeral director
3.2
$49k
Translator
3.1
$35k
Nail technician
3.1
$29k
Engraver
3.1
$37k
Locksmith
3.1
$47k

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

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

Are funeral directors happy with their salary?

Funeral directors rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Funeral directors tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

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

3.0 out of 5 stars

124 funeral directors

5 Star
12%

12% of funeral directors rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
22%

22% of funeral directors rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of funeral directors rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
23%

23% of funeral directors rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
15%

15% of funeral directors rated their compensation 1 stars

Do funeral directors find their jobs meaningful?

On average, funeral directors rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.6/5. Unlike many careers, funeral directors have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become funeral directors.

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

3.6 out of 5 stars

123 funeral directors

5 Star
35%

35% of funeral directors rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of funeral directors rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of funeral directors rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of funeral directors rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of funeral directors rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Funeral directors rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.1/5. The majority of funeral directors find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

4.1 out of 5 stars

133 funeral directors

5 Star
47%

47% of funeral directors rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
28%

28% of funeral directors rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
16%

16% of funeral directors rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of funeral directors rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of funeral directors rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a funeral director’s work environment?

As a whole, funeral directors rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.4/5. A solid majority of funeral directors enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a funeral director.

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

3.4 out of 5 stars

134 funeral directors

5 Star
22%

22% of funeral directors rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of funeral directors rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of funeral directors rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
19%

19% of funeral directors rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of funeral directors rated their work environment 1 stars

Are funeral directors making the best use of their abilities?

Former funeral directors on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.5/5. Most funeral directors surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a funeral director, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

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

3.5 out of 5 stars

133 funeral directors

5 Star
31%

31% of funeral directors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
23%

23% of funeral directors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of funeral directors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of funeral directors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of funeral directors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars