How Much Does an Average Funeral Cost?

Funeral expenses vary significantly by state and by funeral details you choose

If you’ve started estate planning and preparing your end-of-life plans, you’ll need to know one key fact: how much an average funeral costs. Among other things, it will help you determine whether you need to purchase Final Expense or Preneed Funeral insurance to cover your funeral costs.

The figures below are national median and average funeral expenses in the United States. Prices vary significantly by state and by funeral details you choose.

If you’d like to compare the costs between burial and cremation and adjust the figures below to better fit your state, check out our Funeral Expenses Calculator.

  • Funeral home/director:
    • Basic services of staff: $2,100
    • Transportation of remains to funeral home: $325
    • Embalming: $725
    • Other preparations of the body: $250
    • Viewing and ceremony (use of facilities and staff): $925
    • Hearse: $325
    • Service car/limousine: $150
    • Memorial printed package: $160
    • Memorial video production: $1,000
  • Burial
    • Casket: $2,000-$5,000
    • Burial vault: $675-$1,200
  • Cremation
    • Cremation fee (if third-party is used): $350
    • Cremation casket: $1,000
    • Cremation urn: $50-$200
    • Urn vault: $125-$900
  • Guest book and memorial sheets: $25-$250
  • Burial clothing: $95-$400
  • Burial cosmetology and hairdressing: $200
  • Clergy or officiant: $50-$500
  • Organist: $175-$250
  • Vocalist: $100-$200
  • Gravesite committal service
    • Service: $700-$2,400
    • Burial plot: $1,500-$2,500
  • Food for post-funeral reception: $400-$700
  • Obituary in newspaper or online: $200-$500
  • Transportation and lodging for out of town guests: $120-$300
  • Death certificate: $10-$15 (per certificate)

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Our Funeral Expenses Calculator can help estimate your burial and end-of-life expenses and show how those costs could be affected by inflation over time. The data can help you determine whether Final Expense or Preneed Funeral insurance will meet your needs.


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