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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 Heavy Equipment Operator to Garbage Truck Driver. The average pay for Waste Management, Inc. employees is $16.44 per hour. With overtime, that gets bumped up to $26.00. The most important factor affecting pay for Waste Management, Inc. employees is where you live, though what you do at the company and your experience level play a role as well. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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How This Employer Pays

Waste Management, Inc. typically pays:
below market
Similar employers pay:
above market
Employer: Waste Management, Inc.
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About This Company

Houston, Texas 77002


Refuse Systems


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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($20.50 per hour) can be spotted in Portland, Ore.; the company's headquarter city of Houston, Texas ($17.48), Germantown, Wisc. (around $16.00), and Phoenix, Ariz. ($15.50) are the next top-paying cities. Galesburg, Ill. is near the bottom for pay at approximately $13.48. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Washington, where the average Waste Management, Inc. employee makes about $18.34 per hour.


The highest average salaries go to Heavy Truck Drivers, who bring in close to $18.51 per hour, though Garbage Truck Drivers are not far behind at about $17.20 along with Heavy Equipment Operators (approximately $16.60) and Operations Support Specialists ($15.50). Waste Management, Inc. hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Customer Service Representatives (around $13.60 on average).

Years of Experience

Average pay is $16.23 per hour for those with five to nine years of experience. The largest slice of the Waste Management, Inc. workforce (34 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, about $15.21 per hour.

Certifications and Degrees

Being an ASE Master Technician certainly has its perks — salaries approach $24.96 per hour and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Those with an Associate's Degree at Waste Management, Inc. come out on top, and their salaries approach $16.19 per hour.


Employees who count Welding among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $23.49 per hour. Machine Operation also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; slightly more than a fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Customer Service, Equipment Maintenance, and Data Entry are also desirable skills.

Benefits and Perks

Waste Management, Inc. lets only one in three employees take paid vacation and only a fifth of respondents take sick leave. A large number of respondents participate in a 401(k) program. Perks cover health insurance for a large number of survey participants and dental coverage for most workers. The company also dishes out perks such as a stock purchase plan, life insurance, a casual working environment, and stock options.

Key Stats for Waste Management, Inc.


25 %
75 %
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$12 - $19
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$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 47 votes.

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