11 Typical Funeral Expenses

Here is a list of the average costs of funeral items and services, based on information from the National Funeral Directors Association 2015 Member General Price List Survey.

Please contact your local funeral directors for a General Price List for prices in your area.

Average Costs of Commonly Selected Services

If you request more than one of these, pricing obviously increases.

  1. Nondeclinable basic services fee: $2,000
  2. Removal/transfer of remains to funeral home: $310
  3. Embalming: $695
  4. Other preparation of the body: $250
  5. Use of facilities/staff for viewing: $420
  6. Use of facilities/staff for funeral ceremony: $495
  7. Hearse: $318
  8. Service car/van: $143
  9. Basic memorial printed package: $155
  10. Metal casket: $2,395
  11. Vault: $1,327

Median Cost of a Funeral With Viewing and Burial

  • without vault: $7,181
  • with vault: $8,508

Note – This list of averages doesn’t include cemetery and burial costs.

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For More Information

Federal Trade Commission – Funerals: A Consumer Guide — has useful information about funerals and pre-planning. The FTC works to ensure that the nation’s markets are vigorous, efficient and free of restrictions that harm consumers.

ICFA’s Funeral Consumer Guide — has information on burials, cemeteries, embalming, organ donation, grief and other related areas. The International Cemetery and Funeral Association (ICFA) has more than 6,000 members in over 25 countries.

National Funeral Directors Association Consumer Resources — has information to help those mourning the loss of a loved one with ways to cope with their grief, ideas for memorial services and funerals and a way to locate their local NFDA Member Funeral Director. National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) is the world’s leading funeral service association, serving 19,700 individual members who represent more than 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and internationally.