What *exactly* does a morgue assistant do? Salary, education for, etc.? As different than a medical examiner?

Please feel free to bring up any information about the job that I have not specifically asked for (such as hours, internships, etc.), if you are privy to such information. Also, notwithstanding the guidelines of NAME (, how much work and what type of work (really!) does the assistant do (for less pay) as opposed to the medical examiner/ forensic pathologist? Thanks! Any other "job titles" for this same job?

Asked By: cleopatra - 10/27/2006
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If you are really investigating this profession, you need to know that the term "diener" (pronounced dee-ner) is used more often among people in the industry. It has fallen out of favor due to the fact that it is the German word for "servant" or "slave", and traditionally, many of the dieners were black men, and thus... More
Answered By: finaldx - 10/27/2006
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In my years in pathology, the morgue assistant placed the body on the table and prepared the instrument tray. When I finished, he disposed of the bowel and sewed the other organs back in the body. He was essentially an orderly and his salary and training was of this kind. Taking a black man fresh off the street he... More
Answered By: Doc8 - 10/27/2006
In my experiences speaking with th techs, their pay is not very good at all, (that coming from techs in both Baltimore and Pittburgh city morgues). The average salary was about $27,000, whereas the salary for the pathologist was $120,000. Of course, the patholgist is a doctor with 7 years of schooling, ans the techs... More
Answered By: Cammy - 10/27/2006
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