Funeral Pricing

Every other year the NJSFDA surveys its members to gather updated statistical pricing information. The Biennial Statistical Pricing Survey began in 1986 with the singular purpose of collecting accurate funeral pricing data for the New Jersey Department of Public Welfare.

In the years since, the statistical survey has become a more comprehensive collection of statistics helping the association respond with confidence and authority to inquiries about average funeral costs posed by the media, government agencies and consumers.

For illustrative purposes, we have classified the pricing in three categories: Typical, Abbreviated Typical and Minimal.

  • A "Typical" funeral includes one day of open casket viewing, embalming, church and committal service, local transfer, hearse, limousine, and other items.
  • An "Abbreviated Typical" funeral is defined as one hour of open casket visitation, embalming, church and committal service, local transfer, hearse, and other items.
  • A "Minimal" funeral is defined as no visiting hours or embalming, closed casket, no church or religious committal service, and no incidentals with the family assembling at the place of disposition.

The pricing displayed below are the reported averages of the 21 New Jersey counties surveyed.

2015 Statewide Averages

TYPICAL ABBREVIATED TYPICAL MINIMAL

PROFESSIONAL
SERVICES

$3,279 $3,279 $1,984
  I.Typical and II. Abbreviated includes Basic Services of Funeral Director and Staff; preparation and care of the deceased, including embalming, casketing, dressing and cosmetics. III. Minimal includes Basic Services of Funeral Director and Staff only.
       
FACILITY
CHARGES
$2,014 $1,359 $444
  I. Typical includes Staff/Facilities, Equipment for Funeral Ceremony (including accompaniment and services at place of committal), plus one-day visitation. II. Abbreviated Typical includes Staff/Facilities, Equipment for Funeral Ceremony (including accompaniment and services at place of committal), plus visitation limited to one hour. III. Minimal includes accompaniment and services at place of committal, with no ceremony or visitation.
       
TRANSPORTATION
$1,203 $803 $803
  I.Typical includes Transfer of Deceased to Funeral Home; Use of Hearse and Limousine. II. Abbreviated Typical and III. Minimal includes Transfer of Deceased to Funeral Home and Use of Hearse (no limousine).
       
MISCELLANEOUS
CASH ADVANCES
$1,121 $1,121 $21
  I. Typical and II. Abbreviated Typical includes cash advances for Religious Services, Certified Copies of Death Certificates and Permits, Newspaper Notices and Pallbearer Charges (four). III. Minimal includes no cash advance items other than a Death Certificate and Permit.
       
MISCELLANEOUS
MERCHANDISE

$432 Low
$543 Average
$846 High

$432 Low
$543 Average
$846 High
$0
  I. Typical and II. Abbreviated Typical includes Prayer Cards, Register Book, Acknowledgment Cards, Crucifix/Cross/Name Plate, and Full Female Burial Clothing III. Minimal includes no miscellaneous merchandise.
       
SUBTOTAL OF
FUNERAL HOME
CHARGES
$8,049 Low
$8,160 Average
$8,463 High
$6,994 Low
$7,105 Average
$7,408 High
$3,252 Average
  Subtotal of charges before Casket Selection, Cemetery and Crematory Charges.
   
CASKETS

$915 Cloth 
$3,097 18 Gauge Steel 
$4,296 Solid Oak

  These are price point items and do not reflect average consumer purchases. Prices represented include an Oval Top Cloth Covered Corrugated Fiberboard with Handles and Interior, a 18 Gauge Gasketed Steel with Crepe interior and and a Solid Oak with Velvet interior.
   
TYPICAL ABBREVIATED TYPICAL MINIMAL
SUBTOTAL OF
FUNERAL HOME
CHARGES
with casket selected
$9,075 Cloth
$11,257 Steel
$12,456 Oak 
$8,020 Cloth
$10,202 Steel
$11,401 Oak
$4,167 Cloth
$6,349 Steel
$7,548 Oak
  Subtotal of charges before selection of disposition method using the Average Subtotal of Funeral Home Charges for each category.


GROUND BURIAL

Minimum 
Concrete Vault

Fiberglass Lined
Concrete Vault
 
Burial Vault
$1,382 $1,892 $1,892
Charges may be in addition to but ARE NOT part of the funeral home charges. These are price point items only and do not necessarily reflect average consumer purchases.

Purchase of
Single Grave
$600 $1,369 $2,430
Weekday Opening/
Closing of Grave
$750 $1,256 $1,970
 
Low
$4,517 Average
High
 
   
TYPICAL ABBREVIATED TYPICAL MINIMAL
TOTAL CHARGES with ground burial as disposition method
$13,592 Cloth
$15,774 Steel
$16,973 Oak
$12,537 Cloth
$14,719 Steel
$15,918 Oak
$8,684 Cloth
$10,866 Steel
$12,065 Oak
  Subtotal of charges before selection of disposition method.
CREMATION
LOW AVERAGE HIGH  
Crematory Fee
$232 $295 $358
May be in addition to but IS NOT part of funeral home charges. (Replaces vault and cemetery charges with the crematory fee and the purchase of a minimum urn.) 

Spun Metal Urn
$41 $183 $375
    $478  
   
TYPICAL ABBREVIATED TYPICAL MINIMAL
TOTAL CHARGES with cremation as
disposition method
$9,553 $11,735 $12,934 $8,498 $10,680 $11,879 $4,645 $6,827 $8,026
       
DIRECT CREMATION PACKAGE COSTS IMMEDIATE BURIAL PACKAGE COSTS
$1,787 Low
$2,395 Average
$4,085 High

$2,504 Low 
$3,532 Average 
$4,660 High

Direct cremation package costs typically include basic services of funeral director and staff; local transfer (within 10 miles) of remains to funeral home, sheltering of remains for up to 48 hours; obtaining necessary permits and authorizations, local transportation to the crematory, sanitary care, preparation of remains for identification, minimum alternative container and crematory charges. 

The use of facilities and staff for visitation, the cost of a non-alternative casket, an urn and crematory charges are NOT included.

Immediate burial package costs typically include basic services of funeral director and staff; local transfer (within 10 miles) of remains to funeral home, sheltering of remains for up to 48 hours; obtaining necessary permits and authorizations, local transportation to the cemetery, sanitary care, preparation of remains for identification and an Oval Top Cloth Covered Fiberboard Casket. 

The use of facilities and staff for visitation and the cost of an outer burial container, grave purchase and grave opening are NOT included.