In the Philippines an Embalmer’s entry level salary ranges from P9,000 - P12,000 per month and may even go up to P15,000 per month for those highly trained and experienced. Embalmers also get higher pay in big mortuaries or funeral parlors. In the U.S. & Canada, the annual average salary for an Embalmer is $41,526 or $3,460 per month.
To be an Embalmer, one must be at least a high school graduate, have undergone a year of studying & training and have received certification in basic Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology & Parasitology, Sanitation and Hygiene, Ethics and Jurisprudence. A licensure exam is given by the Department of Health (DOH) before one can practice the embalming profession.
The first formal embalming and mortuary training school in the Asia Pacific is the Pacific Center for Advance Studies (PCAS) found at Nivel Hills, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City. The training cost for an embalmer approximately ranges from P10,000 - P20,000 in private mortuary training schools and about P8,000 to P12,000 in public institutions.
Embalmers can be employed by large funeral directing organizations (funeral parlors) hospitals, or embalming companies. They can also be self-employed, working for several funeral parlors salary.
According to Ms. Sarah Dychangco, President of Pacific Center for Advanced Studies (PCAS), “A lot of embalmers abroad are nearing age retirement and so the demand is so huge. Now, you see caregivers wanting to become embalmers because of the hefty salary.”
Embalmers may be employed in the following industries: Health and Social Work, and Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities.
Career advancement is dependent on pursuing further studies or training along his area of specialization. Embalmers can be supervisors working with disaster teams after gaining considerable working experience.
An Embalmer preserves bodies from the time of death until they can be buried or cremated.
* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2010-2011.