Average Hourly Rate for Waste Management, Inc. Employees

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Waste Management, Inc. offers a range of employment opportunities in the refuse systems, from Heavy Equipment Operator to Garbage Truck Driver. Median pay for Waste Management, Inc. workers sits around $17.07 per hour, and overtime compensation can push that up to $26.86. Though how long you've been working and what you do at the company are influential salary factors for those at Waste Management, Inc., where you live turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Houston, Texas 77002


Refuse Systems


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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $21.84 per hour) can be spotted in Tampa, Fla.; Rochester, N.Y. (about $21.77), the company's headquarter city of Houston, Texas ($17.81), and Colorado Springs, Colo. ($16.00) are the next top-paying cities. Pittsburgh, Pa. is near the bottom for pay at $14.54. Waste Management, Inc. workers in Florida earn the most — approximately $19.50 per hour on average.

Years of Experience

Survey participants who have worked at Waste Management, Inc. for between five and 10 years earn $17.28 per hour on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Waste Management, Inc. employees (32 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn $15.59 per hour on average.


The highest paychecks go to Diesel Technicians, who earn an average about $18.16 per hour, closely trailed by Heavy Truck Drivers (approximately $18.00), Operations Support Specialists ($17.84), and Garbage Truck Drivers (around $17.29). Equipment Operators are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $14.29.

Certifications and Degrees

Air Conditioning Service Certifications earn $24.00 per hour, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Regarding pay and education, Waste Management, Inc. pays those with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) the most — around $18.28.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Welding; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of about $23.36 per hour. A garden variety skill at Waste Management, Inc. is Customer Service; slightly less than a fifth of Waste Management, Inc.'s people use it regularly. Key skills also include Machine Operation, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Equipment Maintenance.

Benefits and Perks

The company does pay out vacation and sick days, but these benefits are received by only a quarter of survey participants. To plan for old age, a large number of employees maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. Waste Management, Inc. provides health insurance to a large number of respondents, and most respondents do receive dental coverage. Privileges also include a stock purchase plan, life insurance, a casual working environment, and a company cell phone.

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Key Stats for Waste Management, Inc.


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74 %
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$12 - $19
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$12 - $20
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

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