Average Hourly Rate for Waste Management, Inc. Employees

Those in the physically-demanding field of refuse systems sector will find considerable employment opportunities at Waste Management, Inc.. Stationed in Houston, Texas, this company has openings ranging from Heavy Equipment Operator to Garbage Truck Driver. Excluding overtime pay (which bumps median pay up to $24.84), people who work for Waste Management, Inc. earn a median wage of $16.26 per hour. Geography plays the largest role in compensation at Waste Management, Inc., but your role at the company and your experience level affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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How This Employer Pays

Waste Management, Inc. typically pays:
below market
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Employer: Waste Management, Inc.
Hourly Rate Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
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[-]Heavy Equipment Operator (32)
$14.08 - $24.16  
[-]Heavy Equipment Operator (32)
Overtime$18.51 - $34.52  
Hourly Rate$14.08 - $24.16  
[+]Garbage Truck Driver (16)
$11.74 - $23.25  
[+]Garbage Truck Driver (16)
Hourly Rate$11.74 - $23.25  
[+]Route Driver (14)
$13.00 - $20.43  
[+]Route Driver (14)
Hourly Rate$13.00 - $20.43  
[+]Customer Service Representative (CSR) (8)
$9.81 - $18.57  
[+]Customer Service Representative (CSR) (8)
Hourly Rate$9.81 - $18.57  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 308
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About This Company

Houston, Texas 77002


Refuse Systems


Waste Management Inc, Wastemanagement Inc

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($24.00 per hour) can be spotted in Portland; Philadelphia (around $18.00), the company's headquarter city of Houston (about $17.03), and Germantown ($15.00) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at $13.11) is Pittsburgh. By state, Waste Management, Inc. pays its Colorado employees the most; the pay rate there is approximately $18.00 per hour.


The highest average salaries go to Heavy Equipment Operators, who bring in close to $17.62, though Garbage Truck Drivers are not far behind at $17.26 along with Route Drivers ($16.54) and Heavy Truck Drivers (around $16.50). Waste Management, Inc. hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Customer Service Representatives (approximately $13.62).

Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years tend to make about $15.83. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (31 percent) have been working for one to four years and make around $14.89 per hour.

Certifications and Degrees

Automotive Service Exellence Certificate Holders receive bigger paychecks ($23.32) than those without credentials. Earning a Certified Human Resource Manager certification garners significant financial rewards of about $18.93 per hour. Those with a B.A. in Communication at Waste Management, Inc. come out on top, and their salaries approach $20.00 per hour.


When it comes to skills, Equipment Maintenance seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of approximately $17.92. Customer Service is a popular skill in the Waste Management, Inc. workforce; just over one in five of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Machine Operation, Data Entry, and Microsoft Office are also desirable skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only 44 percent at Waste Management, Inc. enjoy paid vacation time, and just one in four workers can take sick leave. The greater part of workers contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. A strong majority of workers have health insurance, and benefits for a solid majority of workers also include dental insurance. Some other advantages of working at Waste Management, Inc. are life insurance, a stock purchase plan, stock options, and free drinks.

Key Stats for Waste Management, Inc.


28 %
72 %
Hourly Rate
$12 - $18
Hourly Rate
$12 - $20
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

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