According to 2012 figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean wage for embalmers is $20.31 per hour and the mean salary is $42,240 per year. The top mean wages for embalmers in the United States are paid in Minnesota, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland and Iowa.
An average entry-level salary for embalmers is $33,000 per year. Someone who wishes to become an embalmer needs to attend a mortuary school. Each state has different requirements for embalmers, but most require at least an associate degree in funeral service, an apprenticeship in embalming and the state's required exams, certificates and licenses.