Cremation Costs: The Average Cost of a Cremation
Funeral costs can exceed $10,000, but cremations tend to cost far less than the average burial service – learn more below.
The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) estimates that in 2010 nearly 41 percent of Americans opted for a cremation over a burial – that’s up from just 26 percent in 2000! Why the huge shift to cremations? While some people prefer cremation because it disposes of the body immediately or because cremated remains do not need to be buried (and therefore save land), the primary reason is attributed to the lower cost of a cremation over a burial.
So how does the average cost of a cremation compare to other funeral costs and to burials? We collected and compiled pricing information from over 1,000 funeral homes across the nation in 2012 in order to determine the average cost of a funeral (burial and cremation) and found the average cost of a cremation to be $3,725. Compare that to the $8,565 we estimate as the average cost of a burial in 2012. It’s important to note that this average cremation cost involves the basic services fee, professional care, a viewing, a funeral ceremony, and an urn (for the complete breakdown, see the itemized list below). And keep in mind, the average cost of a cremation as calculated by us does not include the costs associated with the purchase of flowers, obituaries, death certificates, or other ”cash advance items.”
This information is meant to give you an idea of what you might pay for specific cremation services – on average, across the nation. eFuneral also conducted surveys and compiled reports of funeral costs specific to eleven major metro areas. If you would like to compare the prices, ratings, and reviews of funeral homes in your area, please visiteFuneral.com.
The average cost of a funeral service – cremation:
|Non-declinable basic services fee||$2,205|
|Use of facilities/staff for viewing||$474|
|Use of facilities/staff for funeral ceremony||$544|
|Urn (average charge for the most frequently purchased item)||$250|
|Total average cost of a funeral||$3,725|
Leah Yomtovian Roush is the Senior Manager of Strategic Development for Cleveland, Ohio-based eFuneral, a comprehensive and free online resource that enables those thinking about end-of-life to research, plan, and arrange a wide variety of funeral-related services. Leah is the editor of eFuneral's Online Resource Center, and she manages the company's marketing efforts and develops strategies for company growth. Leah also serves on the Boards of multiple non-profit organizations, helping them expand their reaches and increase their impacts.