Garbage Man Salary

The average wage for a Garbage Man is $14.96 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. A skill in CDL is associated with high pay for this job.

$20,303 - $80,537
$20K
$37K
$81K
MEDIAN: $36,710
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50%
90%

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$9.22 - $24.03
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$15
$24
MEDIAN: $14.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$20,303 - $80,537  
   
Bonus
$400.00  
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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$20,250 - $67,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.22 - $24.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.45  
Overtime
$12.67 - $40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$400.00  
   
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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$20,250 - $67,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 165

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Garbage Man

Pay by Experience for a Garbage Man has a positive trend. An entry-level Garbage Man with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 144 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Garbage Man with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Garbage Man which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 52 salaries. A Garbage Man with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 21 salaries.

Garbage Man Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Garbage Man?

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.

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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Key Stats for Garbage Man

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Garbage Man Salaries

Experienced
▲40%

Late-Career
▲37%

Mid-Career
▲7%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
▼9%

Skills That Affect Garbage Man Salaries

CDL
▲17%

National Average
$34,000

Driving
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 27%
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