Taxidermist - Salary and Career
Necropsy technicians and taxidermists

Taxidermist - 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 Taxidermist earn

A Taxidermist earns between $1.100 and $4.079 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.618 and a median salary of $1.198 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 21 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Taxidermist

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.618 19.416 405 9
1º Quartile 1.100 13.200 275 6
Median Salary 1.198 14.371 299 7
3º Quartile 3.111 37.333 778 18
Higher Salary 4.079 48.952 1.020 24


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 Taxidermist

Necropsy technicians and taxidermists must:

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

  • Activities

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


    Sectors that hire Taxidermist the most in the job market

    • health management support activities
    • funeral services
    • higher education - postgraduate and extension
    • general public administration
    • higher education - undergraduate




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