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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. laborers see wages hovering around $16.44 per hour. Adding overtime bumps the median up to $26.00. Geography primarily drives compensation; however, your job title and your experience level are also reported as secondary influences on salary at Waste Management, Inc. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Waste Management, Inc. typically pays:
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Employer: Waste Management, Inc.
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About This Company

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.; the company's headquarter city of Houston, Texas (about $17.48), Germantown, Wisc. (around $16.00), and Phoenix, Ariz. ($15.50) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Galesburg, Ill. at approximately $13.48. By state, Waste Management, Inc. pays its Washington employees the most; the pay rate there is $18.34 per hour.


Nearing the top of the pay scale are Heavy Truck Drivers, Garbage Truck Drivers, Heavy Equipment Operators, and Operations Support Specialists; while the first receives the highest median pay at $18.51 per hour, the other salaries come in at around $17.20, approximately $16.60, and $15.50, respectively. Waste Management, Inc. hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Customer Service Representatives ($13.60 on average).

Years of Experience

Survey participants who have worked at Waste Management, Inc. for between five and 10 years earn about $16.23 per hour on average. The largest fraction of Waste Management, Inc. people (34 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn $15.21 per hour on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach $24.96 per hour for ASE Master Technicians; non-accredited workers make much less. The best paid folks at Waste Management, Inc. have an Associate's Degree, earning $16.19 per hour.


Employees who count Welding among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is around $23.49 per hour. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Machine Operation; slightly more than a fifth deem it necessary for work. Three more common skills are Customer Service, Equipment Maintenance, and Data Entry.

Benefits and Perks

A third of respondents receive paid vacation, and only one in five survey participants get sick leave. A large number of survey participants report contributing to a 401(k). A large number of respondents receive health insurance, and most respondents get dental coverage. Other privileges include a stock purchase plan, life insurance, a casual working environment, and stock options.

Key Stats for Waste Management, Inc.


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$12 - $19
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$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 47 votes.
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