Garbage Truck Driver Salary

Men account for the majority of Garbage Truck Drivers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.32 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $12.18 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $22.27. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the company and years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,200 - $64,970
(Median)
$27K
$40K
$65K
MEDIAN: $40,360
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90%

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$12.18 - $22.27
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,200 - $64,970  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,477  
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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$26,296 - $54,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $22.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.26  
Overtime
$15.33 - $32.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,477  
   
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).
)
$26,296 - $54,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 506
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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


Although Republic Services Inc boasts the highest average salary in town at $47K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $33K or as much as $63K.

Pay by Experience Level for Garbage Truck Driver

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $40K. Garbage Truck Drivers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $42K.

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Experience Affects Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 13%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 9%

National Average
$37,000

CDL
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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