Garbage Truck Driver Salary

Male Garbage Truck Drivers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $16.09 per hour in the United States. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $12.00 per hour and $21.71. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career duration and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,250 - $57,912

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$12.00 - $21.71

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,250 - $57,912  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,485  
Total Pay (?
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$25,929 - $53,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $21.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09 - $0.73  
Overtime
$15.21 - $32.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,485  
   
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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$25,929 - $53,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 411
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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 $30K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $63K.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $71K, Waste Connections, Inc. still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $36K, the lowest in the field.


Garbage Truck Drivers report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Driver/Core Development command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 21 percent above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Garbage Truck Driver

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $33K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Garbage Truck Drivers make a median salary of $43K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $42K.

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Experience Affects Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 21%

CDL
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

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
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 19%
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