Average Hourly Rate for Waste Management, Inc. Employees

Those in the physically-demanding field of refuse systems will find considerable employment opportunities at Waste Management, Inc.. Stationed in Houston, Texas, this company has openings ranging from Garbage Truck Driver to Heavy Equipment Operator. Excluding overtime pay (which bumps median pay up to $27.40), people who work for Waste Management, Inc. earn a median wage of $17.98 per hour. Your experience level primarily drives compensation; however, geography and your role at the company are also reported as secondary influences on salary at Waste Management, Inc. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Houston, Texas 77002


Refuse Systems


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Years of Experience

Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average pay of about $18.06 per hour. The largest slice of the Waste Management, Inc. workforce (31 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, around $15.71 per hour.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($20.80 per hour) can be spotted in Sacramento, Calif.; the company's headquarter city of Houston, Texas ($19.00), Denver, Colo. (approximately $18.49), and Windsor, Conn. ($18.20) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Pittsburgh, Pa. at $15.53. The highest pay by state can be found in Pennsylvania, where pay average out at $18.64 per hour.


The highest paychecks go to Diesel Mechanics, who earn an average approximately $20.64 per hour, closely trailed by Diesel Technicians ($20.28), Tractor-Trailer Drivers (about $19.40), and Heavy Equipment Operators (around $18.36). Route Drivers are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $16.44.

Certifications and Degrees

ASE Master Technicians receive bigger paychecks (around $22.64 per hour) than those without credentials. At Waste Management, Inc., employees who hold a Graduate Certificate, Collision Repair receive the highest pay at approximately $21.07.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Electronic Troubleshooting; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $22.33 per hour. Heavy Equipment Repair is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; a little less than one-fifth of Waste Management, Inc.'s people use it regularly. Customer Service, Troubleshooting, and Safety Compliance were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

The company does pay out vacation and sick days, but these benefits are received by only one in five workers. A 401(k) program is available, and the larger part of respondents use it to save for retirement. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of workers, and a large number of employees report receiving dental coverage as well. Waste Management, Inc. also dishes out privileges such as life insurance, a stock purchase plan, employee stock purchase plan (espp), and a subsidized cell phone.

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Key Stats for Waste Management, Inc.


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$13 - $19
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$13 - $21

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 110 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
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