When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $21.42 per hour) can be spotted in Clifton Park, N.Y.; Tacoma, Wash. ($21.25), Fort Worth, Texas ($20.02), and Aberdeen, Wash. (around $19.77) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average ($13.47) in Pueblo, Colo., one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, Waste Connections, Inc. employees make the most in Maryland, earning about $21.99 per hour on average.
Administrative Assistants are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $21.18 per hour; Heavy Equipment Operators, Tractor-Trailer Drivers, and Accounts Receivable Clerks also rank near the top of the list, pulling in approximately $20.40, $19.28, and around $16.74, respectively. Maintenance Mechanics make an average $13.81, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to about $16.38 per hour. The greater proportion of employees (39 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $15.31 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Class A Commercial Driver License Holders are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to about $24.80 per hour. Employees who have an Associate of Business Administration (ABA) make the most here, hauling in $21.42 per hour.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Machine Operation; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $20.38 per hour. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Excel; nearly one-fifth consider it a key competency. Many workers usually know Customer Service, Data Entry, and Accounts Payable as well.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about one in five survey participants receiving paid vacation and around a tenth of workers receiving sick leave. A solid majority of respondents plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. A large number of survey participants have health insurance, and benefits for a fair number of respondents also include dental insurance. Waste Connections, Inc. folks also make good use of a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, 401(a), and life insurance.