Funeral Driver

Help the bereaved send their loved ones to their final rest with dignity.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $36,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Funeral Drivers do?

A Funeral Driver — also known as a Funeral Car Driver or Hearse Driver — is at once a Chauffeur and a Funeral Attendant. Employed by funeral homes, Funeral Drivers spend a lot of time driving automobiles, vans, limousines, and, of course, hearses in order to assist with funerals and burials.

When you’re a Funeral Driver, you typically pick up deceased people from homes, hospitals, and morgues, then deliver them to funeral homes and cemeteries. You also drive limousines and hearses in funeral processions, transporting mourners to and from funeral services.

Because funerals wait for no one, you must be prepared to drive in all types of weather and traffic conditions, and to help out with other funeral tasks when you’re not driving. For instance, you’re often asked to assist Pallbearers with moving caskets, and to clean vehicles and the mortuary. You might also physically lift deceased persons into coffins. Additionally, you might arrange burial sites prior to services, and clean up after wakes.

Although the death of friends and loved ones is always difficult, small gestures can make hard times just a little bit easier. Your most important job isn’t steering, therefore; it’s sympathizing. So if you enjoy helping people as much as you enjoy driving cars, you might want to consider this job.

Should I be a Funeral Driver?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Flag Car Driver, Funeral Car Driver

    How to become a Funeral Driver

    Most Funeral Drivers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9mdaaa&chl=no+college+%2878%25%29|certificate+%2816%25%29|associate%27s+%285%25%29|bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,78,78
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