The average wage for a Garbage Man is $14.81 per hour. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. A skill in CDL is associated with high pay for this job.

$20,636 - $81,094
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$39K
$81K
MEDIAN: $38,639
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$9.04 - $23.38
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$20,636 - $81,094  
   
Bonus
$976  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,175 - $65,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.04 - $23.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.45  
Overtime
$12.67 - $39.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$976  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,175 - $65,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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Job Description for Garbage Man

Garbage men are more professionally known as "refuse collectors," and their main responsibility is to drive along assigned routes and collect trash and recycling. Most garbage men work early in the morning, and their main "tool" is a garbage truck with hydraulic lifts, which allow the truck to pick up trash containers. For some garbage men, getting out of the truck is unnecessary; however, those without hydraulic lifts must manually lift and deposit trash into the garbage truck, so it's highly recommended to have good upper body strength before considering this job.

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Garbage Man Tasks

  • Communicate with dispatchers concerning delays, unsafe sites, accidents, equipment breakdowns, or other maintenance problems.
  • May drive trucks, following established route.
  • Transport solid waste to appropriate disposal sites.
  • Manually and mechanically collect solid waste.

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Pay by Experience Level for Garbage Man

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Garbage Man Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Garbage Man in Delavan:
"It's s not that bad of a job."
Be good to the customers. Makes your job easier in the long run. Enjoy being out doors.

Garbage Man in Detroit:
Man makes garbage. Therefore it is man who cleans the garbage. One mans trash is another mans treasure.

What is it like working as a Garbage Man?

Garbage Man in Fridley:
Pros: We make it so there's no trash floating around. Its recession proof, I like 2 co-workers. And I get a workout.
Cons: Bosses kids get special treatment. Extremely physical with little to no breaks. I didn't get insurance until 2 years after starting nor did I get a raise till middle if my 2nd year.

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Experience Affects Garbage Man Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 51%

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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