Embalmer - Salary and Career
Necropsy technicians and taxidermists

Embalmer - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They reconstitute human and animal corpses, formolize human and animal corpses, embalm corpses. They taxidermize vertebrate animals, tan skins, prepare animal skeletons, make dioramas, researching animal characteristics and their habitat. They guide people in practical classes and museums, manage commercial activities and scientific collection. They work according to technical, safety and hygiene standards and procedures.

How much does an Embalmer earn

A Embalmer earns between $1.283 and $5.271 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.171 and a median salary of $1.600 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 95 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Embalmer

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.171 26.046 543 11
1º Quartile 1.283 15.394 321 7
Median Salary 1.600 19.200 400 8
3º Quartile 4.020 48.242 1.005 21
Higher Salary 5.271 63.256 1.318 28

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • necropsy technicians and taxidermists
        • necropsy technicians and taxidermists

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Main workplaces

Necropsy technicians and taxidermists they work in public administration bodies, university, museum, medico-legal institute and death verification service. The taxidermist works individually, independently, as a salaried employee or on his own, during the day or at irregular hours, indoors or outdoors. The embalmer is usually employed with a formal contract, works in pairs, in a closed environment, under the constant supervision of a pathologist. Work during the day or in shifts. During work, both the embalmer and taxidermist may remain in uncomfortable positions for long periods and be subject to low temperatures, exposure to explosive materials and risks of contamination.

What does it take to work in the field of Necropsy technicians and taxidermists

For the professional exercise of taxidermist, a technical course of medium level in biology and the domain of specific techniques of the area is required. For embalmers, a complete high school course and professional qualification of more than four hundred class hours are required, given by pathologists to train support personnel. The performance of activities requires one to two years of experience, under the guidance of experienced professionals.

Functions and activities of Embalmer

Necropsy technicians and taxidermists must:

  • tanning hides;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • manage business activities and scientific collection;
  • guiding people;
  • making dioramas;
  • like skins;
  • show personal skills;
  • guide people;
  • embalm corpses;
  • formalize human and animal corpses;
  • taking skin;
  • orienting people;
  • liking fur;
  • work safely;
  • make dioramas;
  • prepare animal skeletons;
  • taxidermize vertebrate animals;
  • tanning skin;
  • manage commercial activities and scientific collection;
  • embalming corpses;
  • liking skins;
  • reconstitute human and animal corpses;

  • Activities

    • sanitize work environment;
    • respect the rules for the use of chemical solutions;
    • blend bones;
    • orienting interns in the taxidermy area;
    • clean skin;
    • demonstrate ability to deal with death;
    • reconstitute corpse;
    • disclose the work through advertising;
    • research characteristics of the animal and its habitat;
    • wear personal protective equipment;
    • degrease the skin;
    • seal zinc urn (internal);
    • developing specific projects (museums);
    • restore mutilated corpse;
    • dry animal;
    • observe the elimination of blood through the nostrils and mouth;
    • preserve human and animal corpses in a wet method;
    • producing replicas;
    • remove the animal's skin;
    • introduce corpse into tanks with chemical solutions;
    • proceed with chemical treatment of animal skins or parts;
    • dry the skeleton;
    • orienting interns in the area of embalming bodies;
    • show respect for the corpse;
    • weigh the corpse;
    • promoting skin pickling;
    • tag copies;
    • proceed with final finishing of the specimen;
    • apply standards of technical procedures;
    • cook animal carcass;
    • wash hands after handling material;
    • preserve the corpse in a cold chamber;
    • remove excess meat from bones;
    • place prepared corpse in the urn;
    • observe muscle stiffening of the corpse;
    • demonstrate emotional balance;
    • suture necropsied bodies;
    • reconstitute facial deformities;
    • sterilize tools;
    • pack urn as required by airlines;
    • follow the rules for the use of chemical solutions;
    • identify the corpse;
    • wash corpse;
    • manage cash flow;
    • evaluate the condition of the corpse;
    • exchange technical information;
    • make molds;
    • check if the corpse was necropsied;
    • macerate animals;
    • send samples of preserved organs in the thoracic region for possible examinations;
    • skin shine;
    • delivering mini courses;
    • provide information to the media about taxidermy practice;
    • seek guidance from competent bodies;
    • softening skin;
    • suture necropsied bodies;
    • collect material for research;
    • neutralize the tanning product;
    • inject chemical solutions into muscle regions, thoracic and cranial cavities;
    • playing natural habitat;
    • create individual specimen sheet;
    • demonstrate empathy for animals;
    • remove viscera from necropsied corpse;
    • update in embalming and taxidermy;
    • characterize species behavior;
    • reconstitute hand deformities;
    • applying chemical to tanning the skin;
    • forward cases of violent death to the iml;
    • assembling an ambiance project;
    • control entry of visits in the work environment;
    • immerse skin in chemical;
    • package material;
    • demonstrate hand skill;
    • neutralize skin;
    • assemble the skeleton;
    • manage a database with information on specimens;
    • show patience;
    • dispatch taxidermized animals to other states or countries;
    • prepare urns for insertion of corpses;
    • follow guidance for using chemical solutions;
    • demonstrate creativity;
    • control chemical waste disposal;
    • sealing an external urn;
    • acquire licensing in competent bodies;
    • preparing material for insertion in the diorama;
    • recompose eyeball;
    • assemble specimen;
    • salting the skin;
    • control disposal of infected material;
    • demonstrate a sense of observation;
    • demonstrate versatility;
    • puncture internal organs to remove gases;
    • show visitors museum of taxidermy animals;
    • drying the skin;
    • develop serial taxidermy for scientific collection;
    • withstand odors;
    • accompany researchers in fieldwork;
    • demonstrate professional ethics;
    • giving practical classes;
    • fill the cadaver's abdominal cavity;
    • close mouth and eyes;
    • restore disfigured corpse;
    • buy specific material in the area;
    • necropsy corpses;
    • measure the corpse;
    • develop specific tools and accessories;
    • cut the animal;
    • take vaccinations;
    • remove organ samples from cadavers;
    • delivering lectures;
    • plug holes in the corpse;
    • perform collection maintenance;
    • inject chemical solutions via femoral or carotid artery;
    • shower at the end of the day;
    • demonstrate responsibility;
    • use beetles (dermestids) for cleaning animal carcasses;
    • prepare chemical solutions;
    • contain animal for further work;

    Sectors that hire Embalmer the most in the job market

    • health management support activities
    • somatoconservation services
    • hospital care activities
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • temporary labor lease
    • regulation of health, education, cultural services and other social services activities
    • funeral services
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • higher education - undergraduate
    • manpower selection and agency

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