When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($21.92 per hour) can be spotted in Rochester, N.Y.; Portland, Ore. (approximately $18.64), the company's headquarter city of Houston, Texas ($17.49), and Phoenix, Ariz. (about $16.99) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Pittsburgh, Pa. at $14.88. Across Waste Management, Inc.'s U.S. offices, employees in the state of Florida earn the most, taking home around $18.43 per hour.
Diesel Mechanics rake in the most money, with average earnings of $20.99 per hour; Diesel Technicians come in second with average earnings amounting to approximately $19.61, while Heavy Truck Drivers and Garbage Truck Drivers rank near the top as well (around $19.14 and about $17.29, respectively). Equipment Operators make an average $14.95, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $18.27 per hour. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Waste Management, Inc. employees (33 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn about $15.52 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Air Conditioning Service Certifications have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at approximately $22.48 per hour. Those with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at Waste Management, Inc. come out on top, and their salaries approach $18.58 per hour.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Electronic Troubleshooting; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $21.81 per hour. A relatively widespread skill at Waste Management, Inc. is Customer Service; one in six of employees use it for work. Other skills in demand are Heavy Equipment Repair, Machine Operation, and Troubleshooting.
Benefits and Perks
Unfortunately, a minority of employees — about 19 percent — are presented with both paid vacation and sick leave. A fair number of respondents contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. For a large number of respondents, benefits include health insurance, and most workers get dental coverage, too. Waste Management, Inc. employees also enjoy perks such as life insurance, a stock purchase plan, a subsidized cell phone, and a casual working environment.