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 ($17.48), Germantown, Wisc. (around $16.00), and Phoenix, Ariz. ($15.50) are the next top-paying cities. Galesburg, Ill. is near the bottom for pay at approximately $13.48. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Washington, where the average Waste Management, Inc. employee makes about $18.34 per hour.
The highest average salaries go to Heavy Truck Drivers, who bring in close to $18.51 per hour, though Garbage Truck Drivers are not far behind at about $17.20 along with Heavy Equipment Operators (approximately $16.60) and Operations Support Specialists ($15.50). Waste Management, Inc. hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Customer Service Representatives (around $13.60 on average).
Years of Experience
Average pay is $16.23 per hour for those with five to nine years of experience. The largest slice of the Waste Management, Inc. workforce (34 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, about $15.21 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Being an ASE Master Technician certainly has its perks — salaries approach $24.96 per hour and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Those with an Associate's Degree at Waste Management, Inc. come out on top, and their salaries approach $16.19 per hour.
Employees who count Welding among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $23.49 per hour. Machine Operation also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; slightly more than a fifth of employees surveyed report using it at work. Customer Service, Equipment Maintenance, and Data Entry are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Waste Management, Inc. lets only one in three employees take paid vacation and only a fifth of respondents take sick leave. A large number of respondents participate in a 401(k) program. Perks cover health insurance for a large number of survey participants and dental coverage for most workers. The company also dishes out perks such as a stock purchase plan, life insurance, a casual working environment, and stock options.