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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. Waste Management, Inc. workers report earning an average of $16.50 per hour. Adding overtime compensation raises that to $25.83. Where you live plays the largest role in compensation at Waste Management, Inc., but your job title and your experience level affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

Waste Management, Inc. typically pays:
below market
Similar employers pay:
above market
Employer: Waste Management, Inc.
Hourly Rate Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Heavy Equipment Operator (30)
$13.97 - $23.26  
[-]Heavy Equipment Operator (30)
Overtime$18.45 - $34.65  
Hourly Rate$13.97 - $23.26  
[+]Garbage Truck Driver (18)
$11.92 - $23.03  
[+]Garbage Truck Driver (18)
Hourly Rate$11.92 - $23.03  
[+]Route Driver (10)
$12.08 - $19.13  
[+]Route Driver (10)
Hourly Rate$12.08 - $19.13  
[+]Equipment Operator (9)
$10.68 - $23.25  
[+]Equipment Operator (9)
Hourly Rate$10.68 - $23.25  
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XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
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XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 305

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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.; Fairborn, Ohio (about $18.00), the company's headquarter city of Houston, Texas ($17.48), and Germantown, Wisc. ($16.00) are the next top-paying cities. At approximately $13.79, Pittsburgh, Pa. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. The highest pay by state can be found in Washington, where pay average out at around $18.34 per hour.


Heavy Truck Drivers earn the highest median pay at $18.51 per hour, followed by Heavy Equipment Operators ($17.19), Garbage Truck Drivers ($16.73), and Route Drivers (around $16.00). With salaries averaging about $13.60, Customer Service Representatives are among the lowest paid at Waste Management, Inc.

Years of Experience

Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average pay of approximately $16.10 per hour. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (32 percent) have been working for one to four years and make about $15.21 per hour on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Automotive Service Excellence Certificate Holders receive bigger paychecks (around $23.32 per hour) than those without credentials. The best paid folks at Waste Management, Inc. have an Associate's Degree, earning $16.19 per hour.


In this position, it pays to have Troubleshooting in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $20.49 per hour. Machine Operation is a popular skill in the Waste Management, Inc. workforce; just under a fourth of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Customer Service, Equipment Maintenance, and Data Entry round out the set of key employee skills.

Benefits and Perks

36 percent receive paid vacation, and only 22 percent get sick leave. A 401(k) program is available, and a large number of survey participants use it to save for retirement. At Waste Management, Inc., a large number of employees have health insurance, and most employees have dental coverage. Some other perks are life insurance, a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, and stock options.

Key Stats for Waste Management, Inc.


25 %
75 %
Hourly Rate
$12 - $19
Hourly Rate
$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 51 votes.
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