Garbage Truck Driver Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Garbage Truck Drivers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $15.44 per hour. Pay begins at $11.72 per hour on the low end and climbs to $21.64 near the top. Career duration and the specific employer each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Garbage Truck Drivers is high. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Garbage Truck Driver Salary (?
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$25,869 - $57,154
(Median)
26K
36K
49K
57K
MEDIAN: $36,457
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Garbage Truck Driver Salary (?
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$11.72 - $21.64
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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75%
90%
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,869 - $57,154  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,210  
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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$24,984 - $55,817  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $21.64  
   
Overtime
$14.99 - $32.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,210  
   
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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$24,984 - $55,817  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 271
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Job Description for Garbage Truck Driver

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Garbage Truck Driver

For Garbage Truck Drivers, comfortable salaries can be found at Republic Services Inc; in fact, typical earnings are around $46,951, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($33K versus $66K) is great. Waste Management, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $41,196.

Pay by Experience Level for Garbage Truck Driver

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $33K to $39K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $42K. After working for two decades in the field, Garbage Truck Drivers experience a drop in salary, averaging $42K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

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Experience Affects Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%
Late-Career
up arrow 19%
Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
National Average
$35,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 15%
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