Diesel Mechanics represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $25.00 per hour — though Heavy Equipment Operators, Tractor-Trailer Drivers, and Diesel Technicians also do fairly well at $19.47, approximately $19.37, and around $18.63, respectively. Near the bottom at Waste Connections, Inc. are Accounts Payable Clerks, pulling in an average of just about $14.90.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($25.00 per hour) can be spotted in Portland, Ore.; Clifton Park, N.Y. (approximately $21.42), Tacoma, Wash. (around $21.25), and Aberdeen, Wash. ($19.77) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Dallas, Texas at about $15.81. Waste Connections, Inc. workers in New York earn the most — $20.91 per hour on average.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $15.23 per hour. Average pay is around $18.16 per hour for those with five to nine years of experience. The largest fraction of Waste Connections, Inc. people (36 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn $18.90 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Class A Commercial Driver License Holders, who make $29.49 per hour. Those with an Associate of Business Administration (ABA) at Waste Connections, Inc. come out on top, and their salaries approach approximately $21.18 per hour.
Employees who count Safety Compliance among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $19.32 per hour. It's pretty common to find people here who know Customer Service; around one in five consider it a key competency. Many workers are also familiar with Data Entry, Microsoft Excel, and Accounts Payable.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 29 percent receiving paid vacation and one in ten workers receiving paid sick days. A solid majority of survey participants report contributing to a 401(k). Most employees have health insurance, and benefits for a solid majority of workers also include dental insurance. Waste Connections, Inc. also dishes out privileges such as a casual working environment, a company cell phone, life insurance, and 401(a).