Garbage Truck Driver Salary

Men make up the majority of Garbage Truck Drivers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $16.70 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Most Garbage Truck Drivers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,118 - $65,162
$27K
$41K
$65K
MEDIAN: $40,878
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$12.86 - $22.35
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$0$65K
Salary $27,118 - $65,162
Bonus $100.67 - $1,987
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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$27,474 - $59,215
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 115
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.86 - $22.35
Hourly Tips $1.33
Overtime $18.32 - $33.11
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $100.67 - $1,987
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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$27,474 - $59,215
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 443

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Job Description for Garbage Truck Driver

Garbage truck drivers are responsible for picking up trash from residential and commercial locations, often with mechanical arms of trucks which scoop up garbage and unload it into the truck. These mechanical arms are operated by the driver, so prior experience with similar machinery is highly beneficial. Some jobs are more physically demanding than others, such as when garbage must be loaded manually rather than with machinery.

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Garbage Truck Driver Tasks

  • Drive truck along designated route, operating lifting devices to collect trash.
  • Conduct inspections and maintain truck and equipment to ensure safe, reliable use.
  • Deliver trash to disposal sites.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Garbage Truck Driver


Waste Management, Inc., Republic Services Inc, Waste Connections, Inc., Waste Pro USA, and Republic are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Garbage Truck Drivers. Garbage Truck Drivers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Republic Services Inc, where the median salary comes to $46K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($30K) and those starting out ($63K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Pay by Experience Level for Garbage Truck Driver

Pay by Experience for a Garbage Truck Driver has a positive trend. An entry-level Garbage Truck Driver with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 320 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Garbage Truck Driver with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 157 salaries. An experienced Garbage Truck Driver which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 144 salaries. A Garbage Truck Driver with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 69 salaries.

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Key Stats for Garbage Truck Driver

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

▲8%

▲2%

National Average
$39,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Driver
▲5%


Customer Service
▲1%

National Average
$39,000


CDL
▼7%

Driving
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 21%
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