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. Excluding overtime pay (which bumps median pay up to $26.96), people who work for Waste Management, Inc. earn a median wage of $16.79 per hour. At Waste Management, Inc., the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is where you live — it impacts salary more than anything else — though what you do at the company and your experience level each factor into the equation as well. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Houston, Texas 77002


Refuse Systems


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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $17.62 per hour) can be spotted in the company's headquarter city of Houston, Texas; Richmond, Va. ($16.46), Germantown, Wisc. ($16.00), and Phoenix, Ariz. ($15.75) are the next top-paying cities. At about $13.48, Galesburg, Ill. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Within the firm, employees working in California take home the most — approximately $19.38 per hour on average.


Heavy Equipment Operators earn the highest median pay at about $17.65 per hour, followed by Garbage Truck Drivers ($17.37), Heavy Truck Drivers ($17.00), and Route Drivers ($15.72). Financial compensation for Customer Service Representatives is rather low — on average only approximately $13.60 — relative to the rest of the company.

Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to around $16.98 per hour. The largest slice of the Waste Management, Inc. workforce (32 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, $15.40 per hour.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach about $24.00 per hour for Air Conditioning Service Certifications; non-accredited workers make much less. Waste Management, Inc. workers who hold a Bachelor's Degree are also well compensated, earning around $15.90 on average.


In this position, it pays to have Welding in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $22.96 per hour. Customer Service is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; one in five of Waste Management, Inc.'s people use it regularly. Some other standard skills here are Machine Operation, Equipment Maintenance, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

One in three employees receive paid vacation, and only a quarter of employees get sick leave. A large number of employees set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). At Waste Management, Inc., most workers have health insurance, and most survey participants have dental coverage. Advantages of working here also include a stock purchase plan, life insurance, a casual working environment, and free drinks.

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Key Stats for Waste Management, Inc.


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Job Satisfaction

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

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