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Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors in Ventura County

May also be called: Funeral Arrangers; Funeral Counselors; Funeral Location Managers; and Funeral Pre-Need Consultants

What Would I Do?

Most Funeral Directors arrange the details and handle the logistics of funerals. Together with the family, they establish the location, date, and time of wake, memorial services, and burial.

Funeral Directors mostly work in funeral establishments. The mood can be quiet and somber, and the work is often demanding. Funeral Directors have to arrange many details within 24 to 72 hours of death, which can be stressful. They also may be responsible for multiple funerals on the same day.

Will This Job Fit Me?

People who are interested in helping others and in human biological sciences might like this career. Those who communicate well, have compassion for those in grief, and have good organizational skills might like this type of work. This job may also appeal to those who like carrying out projects, who enjoy leading others, as well as those who like making business decisions.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2020 for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors in California is $51,380 annually, or $24.70 hourly. The median wage for Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors in Ventura County is $72,908 annually, or $35.05 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Annual Wages for 2020Low
(25th percentile)
(50th percentile)
(75th percentile)
Ventura County$61,134$72,908$96,260
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2020 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Funeral Directors who own their own business must pay for their own medical and dental insurance. Those who are employed by single funeral establishments or conglomerates generally earn full benefits including medical and dental insurance, as well as vacation, sick leave, and retirement plans.

What is the Job Outlook?

Employment growth reflects an increase in the number of expected deaths among the largest segment of the population: aging baby boomers. Also, a growing number of older people are expected to prearrange their end-of-life services, increasing the need for Funeral Directors.

How Do I Qualify?

An associate’s degree in mortuary science is the minimum educational requirement to enter the profession. The state of California requires all Funeral Directors be licensed through the California Department of Consumer Affairs Cemetery and Funeral Bureau.

Finding a Job

Direct contact with employers is a good way to find a job in this field. Networking through association memberships can also provide job leads. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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