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. Waste Management, Inc. offers employees an average of $16.87 per hour, and overtime earnings push that number up to $26.90. For the most part, employee paychecks at Waste Management, Inc. fluctuate depending on your role at the company; where you live and how long you've been working also matter, but to a lesser degree. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Houston, Texas 77002


Refuse Systems


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The highest average salaries go to Heavy Truck Drivers, who bring in close to $18.50 per hour, though Heavy Equipment Operators are not far behind at $17.65 along with Garbage Truck Drivers (around $17.29) and Route Drivers (approximately $15.72). Waste Management, Inc. hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Customer Service Representatives ($13.60 on average).


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $19.00 per hour) can be spotted in Clarksburg, W.Va.; the company's headquarter city of Houston, Texas ($17.62), Windsor, Conn. (about $16.72), and Germantown, Wisc. (around $16.00) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Pittsburgh, Pa.; in fact, at $14.35 it is one of the worst-paid cities. Within the company, workers earn the highest pay (an average of approximately $19.38 per hour) in California.

Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $16.72 per hour on average. The largest fraction of Waste Management, Inc. people (33 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn $15.40 per hour on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach approximately $24.00 per hour for Air Conditioning Service Certifications; non-accredited workers make much less. Those with a Bachelor's Degree at Waste Management, Inc. come out on top, and their salaries approach $15.90 per hour.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Welding; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of around $22.96 per hour. Customer Service is a popular skill in the Waste Management, Inc. workforce; around one in five of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Employees also tend to know Machine Operation, Microsoft Excel, and Equipment Maintenance.

Benefits and Perks

One in three survey participants have paid vacation, and only about 22 percent can take paid time off for illness. Waste Management, Inc. sponsors a 401(k) program, and a large number of respondents use this option to save for their retirement. Perks cover health insurance for a large number of survey participants and dental coverage for most workers. Employees can also look forward to a stock purchase plan, life insurance, a casual working environment, and free drinks.

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Key Stats for Waste Management, Inc.


26 %
74 %
Hourly Rate
$11 - $18
Hourly Rate
$12 - $20

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

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