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General Funeral Service Facts

Median Cost of an Adult Funeral

Rates of Cremation and Burial

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General Funeral Service Facts

According to the National Directory of Morticians Redbook, the number of funeral homes in the U.S. is:

  • 2015: 19,391
  • 2014: 19,486
  • 2013: 19,624
  • 2012: 19,680
  • 2011: 19,841
  • 2010: 19,902
  • 2009: 20,557
  • 2008: 20,915
  • 2007: 21,080
  • 2006: 21,088
  • 2005: 21,495
  • 2004: 21,528

Approximately 86% of funeral homes in the United States are privately owned by families or individuals. The remaining 14% are owned by publicly-traded corporations. (Service Corporation International (SCI) owns approximately 12% and Carriage Services Inc. and StoneMor Partners own approximately 1% each.)2

  • 98% of NFDA-member funeral homes are owned by individuals, families, or closely held private corporations.

The average NFDA-member funeral home handles 113 calls per year and has three full-time and four part-time employees.3

NFDA-member Firm Caseload (i.e., number of decedents cared for)3

  • 58.4% of NFDA members handled 150 cases or less; 24.5% reported 151-350 cases; 8.6% reported 351-500 cases; 5.2% reported 501-1000; 3.3% reported 1001 or more.
1997 2002 2007 2012
Revenue1 ($ Millions)
Cemeteries and Crematories $2,988 $3,231 $3,350 $3,319
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services $9,633 $11,049 $11,943 $13,004
TOTAL $12,621 $14,280 $15,293 $16,323
Employment1
Cemeteries and Crematories 59,458 41,932 35,035 32,617
Funeral Homes and Funeral Servcies 105,365 106,263 102,978 108,385
TOTAL 164,823 148,195 138,013 141,002

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Median Cost of an Adult Funeral4

Median Cost of a Funeral With Burial

Since the 1960s, NFDA has calculated the median cost of a funeral with burial by totaling the costs of the following items: basic services fee, removal/transfer of remains to funeral home, embalming and other preparation of the body (casketing, cosmetology, dressing and grooming), a metal casket, use of facilities and staff for viewing and a funeral ceremony, use of a hearse, use of a service car/van, and a basic memorial printed package (e.g., memorial cards, register book, etc.).

The national median cost of a funeral for calendar year 2014 was $7,181. If a vault is included, something that is typically required by a cemetery, the median cost is $8,508. The cost does not take into account cemetery, monument or marker costs or miscellaneous cash-advance charges, such as for flowers or an obituary.

Over the past decade, the median cost of an adult funeral in the United States has increased 28.6 percent. This is similar to the 2000-2009 period when the median cost of a funeral increased by 26.6 percent. The percent increase during the 1980s (1980-1989) was significantly higher (87 percent), reflecting the significantly higher inflation rates during that decade.

National Median Cost of an Adult Funeral with Viewing and Burial: 2004 vs. 2014
Item 2014* 2004* % Change
Nondeclinable basic services fee $2,000 $1,460 37.0%
Removal/transfer of remains to funeral home $310 $195 59.0%
Embalming $695 $498 39.6%
Other preparation of the body $250 $174 42.9%
Use of facilities/staff for viewing $420 $339 23.9%
Use of facilities/staff for funeral ceremony $495 $395 25.3%
Hearse $318 $225 41.1%
Service car/van $143 $100 42.5%
Basic memorial printed package $155 $95 63.2%
Metal casket $2,395 $2,100 14.0%
Median Cost of a Funeral With Viewing and Burial $7,181 $5,582 28.6%
Vault $1,327 $998 33.0%
Total with vault $8,508 $6,580 29.3%
2004 prices have not been adjusted for inflation.

* Median Price ā€“ The amount at which half of the figures fall below and half are above.

National Median Cost of a Funeral With Cremation

The national median cost of a cremation in 2014 was $6,078. NFDA calculated the median cost of a cost of an adult funeral with cremation by totaling the costs of the following items: basic services fee, removal/transfer of remains to funeral home, embalming and other preparation of the body, use of facilities and staff for viewing and a funeral ceremony, use of a service car/van, basic memorial printed package, cremation fee, cremation casket and urn. The cost does not take into account vault, cemetery monument/marker costs or other miscellaneous cash advance charges.

National Median Cost of an Adult Funeral with Viewing and Cremation
Item 2014*
Nondeclinable basic services fee $2,000
Removal/transfer of remains to funeral home $310
Embalming $695
Other preparation of the body $250
Use of facilities/staff for viewing $420
Use of facilities/staff for funeral ceremony $495
Service car/van $143
Basic memorial printed package $155
Cremation fee (if firm uses a third-party)** $330
Cremation casket $1,000
Urn $280
Median Cost of a Funeral with Viewing and Cremation $6,078
* Median Price ā€“ The amount at which half of the figures fall below and half are above.

**65% of respondents use a third-party crematory (i.e., the funeral home does not own a crematory)

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Rates of Cremation and Burial5

Cremation was the method of disposition for 45.4 in 2013; 48.7% of people were buried in 2013.

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