Actual salary depends on location. In Canada the average wage for embalmers is approximately $25 an hour. In the U.S. the median annual wage in 2010 was $54,000, but can go as high as $98,000. In the U.K. wages range in the vicinity of £18,000 a year. Although there are greater numbers of baby boomers aging and dying, many choose cremation over embalming services, so work opportunities remain relatively static. Embalmers who work as funeral directors will likely see increased job prospects.