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.