How Much Does a Casket Cost? The Average Prices You Can Expect

Check out our guide here on the average prices you can expect to pay.
Thursday, May 21, 2020

When someone you love passes away, it can often be challenging trying to balance their funeral's needs with your budget. Of course, you want to give your loved one the best, but funeral expenses can be costly, even to the point of becoming a burden.

The best way to preplan for someone's funeral is to be aware of the cost of elements that you would like to be present during the burial.

Caskets are one of the most expensive funeral purchases. So, how can you find the right casket that both honors your loved one and fits within your price range?

In this post, we've laid out the average casket cost for the different kinds of caskets. Here's what you can expect when searching for your loved one's final resting place.

Average Casket Cost

The main factor of casket cost is the material used to build the casket. Some materials are more costly than others, so here are the most common casket types so that you can select one within your budget.

Wooden Caskets

Many people choose wooden caskets because they are hand-sculpted and polished to a glossy shine which looks nice. 

Most hardwood caskets cost around $4,000, depending on the wood that's used.

These types of caskets can be made out of a variety of strong, natural woods including maple, oak, mahogany, and elm.

Another option is the wood veneer casket, which is built from softer wood but finished with a veneer that strengthens the casket. The average cost of a wood veneer casket is around $3,000.

Some wooden caskets are adorned with extra metal trimmings or decoration, but these will come at an additional cost.

Metal Caskets

Metal caskets are more durable than other types of caskets and are often more visually appealing.

Depending on your wishes, you can choose a casket made from the metal of your choosing! Here are the most common metals used for caskets:

  • Steel
  • Bronze
  • Copper

A steel or stainless steel casket will cost around $2,000. However, the thicker the steel, the higher the price will be.

Bronze and copper caskets are a little more expensive, generally costing around $3,000. Some of these types of caskets can look more elegant than steel caskets, but more intricate and decorative caskets can cost you more than $10,000.

Many people select metal caskets despite the extra cost because they can withstand the elements longer and won't rust.

Biodegradable Caskets

A more sustainable choice would be a biodegradable casket or a "green" casket.

These caskets cost around $1,500 on average and are made of all-natural, organic materials that will safely break down in the earth. 

They can be constructed with materials like seagrass, willow, wicker, or bamboo and will make for an eco-friendly burial.

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A quality casket doesn't have to break the bank. Now that you're aware of the average casket cost, you can start searching for the right one today.

If you're curious about preplanning a funeral or looking for other funeral resources, contact us or request a consultation and we'll gladly answer any questions!

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