Cemetery managers, also known as first-line supervisors of landscaping and grounds keeping workers, are responsible for hiring, managing and training cemetery grounds workers. Common cemetery grounds duties include digging graves to specified depths using a backhoe, mowing grass, applying fertilizers, pruning shrubs and trees, planting flowers and removing debris from graves. If you are considering a career as a cemetery manager, your salary will vary based upon your work history, work location and place of employment.
As of May 2010, the national mean annual wage for cemetery managers, also considered death services managers, was $42,310, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This figure was calculated from the annual salaries of 1,870 cemetery management positions. The average hourly wage for cemetery managers was $20.34 as of May 2010. These averages were based on the work location and number of years of experience.
Cemetery managers who work in certain parts of the U.S. can earn more than their counterparts in other areas. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those in Connecticut earned an average of $55,630 per year. Cemetery managers in Delaware made an average of $51,370 per year, while those in New Jersey earned an annual mean wage of $50,730. However, the top-paying location was the District of Columbia, where first-line landscaping supervisors, including cemetery managers, made an annual mean wage of $56,830 per year.
Salary Comparison to Similar Industries
Cemetery managers can make more or less than their first-line supervisors of landscaping and grounds keeping worker counterparts, depending on their actual industry. For example, cemetery managers generally made less than their managerial counterparts who worked in the amusement and recreation industry, who earned an annual mean wage of $48,460, and those who worked in the services to buildings and dwellings industry, who earned an average annual salary of $43,080 per year. However, cemetery managers made more than managers of RV parks and recreational camps, as well as supervisors of law and garden equipment and supplies stores.
If you are considering becoming a cemetery manager, you must have several skill sets. These professionals are in charge of not only supervising and coordinating worker activities, but also reviewing contracts, maintaining equipment, answering client inquires and preparing cost estimates for burial ceremonies, cemetery plots and maintenance fees.