Garbage Truck Driver Salary

Men make up the majority of Garbage Truck Drivers in the United States, bringing in about $16.03 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $11.98 per hour and $21.76. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but years of experience and the particular employer are influential factors as well. For the most part, Garbage Truck Drivers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$27,224 - $58,261
(Median)
$27K
$39K
$58K
MEDIAN: $38,775
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90%

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$11.98 - $21.76
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,224 - $58,261  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,498  
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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$25,878 - $54,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $21.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09 - $0.73  
Overtime
$15.17 - $32.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,498  
   
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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$25,878 - $54,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 407
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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

  • 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


The biggest paychecks can be found at Republic Services Inc — the median salary there is $45K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $29K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $64K.

Offering a median salary of only $36K, Waste Connections, Inc. gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $24K to $71K isn't that wide, either.


Survey results show that Garbage Truck Drivers typically report just a few professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Driver/Core Development can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include CDL.

Pay by Experience Level for Garbage Truck Driver

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Garbage Truck Drivers make a median salary of $43K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $41K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 21%

National Average
$36,000

CDL
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 19%
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