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The information below was derived from responses to the Iowa Funeral Directors Association’s 2014 salary and benefits survey. The Iowa Funeral Directors Association does not guarantee these figures, rather provides them as a reasonable projection of what interns and newly licensed funeral directors may expect.

Interns

Average salary: $29,914

Salary range: $20,000 - $45,000

Benefits may include: Family/Individual health insurance (full or partial), life insurance, retirement plan, housing, car allowance, clothing allowance, cell phone, vacation time, and bonuses.

Interns may expect to work 41 – 50+ hours per week. Job duties may include: making funeral arrangements, making removals, prep room responsibilities, washing cars, embalming, dressing, paper work, assistance with aftercare programs and general cleaning duties.

Newly Licensed Funeral Directors

(Funeral directors with up to three years experience.)

Average salary: $38,500
$40,242 with a 4-year degree

Salary range: $28,000 - 50,000+
$28,000 - $50,000+ with 4-year degree

Benefits may include: Family/Individual health insurance (full or partial), life insurance, retirement plan, housing, car allowance, clothing allowance, cell phone, vacation time, and bonuses. 

Newly licensed funeral directors may expect to work an average of 41 – 50+ hours per week.

Experienced Funeral Directors

(Funeral directors with more than five years of experience)

Average salary: $48,501

Salary range: $35,000 - $60,000+

Benefits may include: Family/Individual health insurance (full or partial), life insurance, retirement plan, housing, car allowance, clothing allowance, cell phone, vacation time, and bonuses. 

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