What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

Garbage Truck Driver Salary

Men make up the majority of Garbage Truck Drivers in the United States, bringing in about $15.95 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.89 per hour on the low end to $21.87 on the high end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Most Garbage Truck Drivers report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Read More
$26,110 - $56,032
(Median)
$26K
$38K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,303
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$11.89 - $21.87
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,110 - $56,032  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,466  
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).
)
$25,430 - $54,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $21.87  
   
Overtime
$14.98 - $32.36  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,466  
   
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).
)
$25,430 - $54,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 380
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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.

Garbage Truck Driver Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Garbage Truck Driver


Garbage Truck Drivers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Republic Services Inc, where the median salary comes to $45K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($29K) and those starting out ($64K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Offering only $36K on average, Waste Connections, Inc. seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $24K on the lower end and $71K on the higher end.


Garbage Truck Drivers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Driver/Core Development command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 34 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CDL.

Pay by Experience Level for Garbage Truck Driver

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $33K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $39K. Garbage Truck Drivers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

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 34%

National Average
$36,000

CDL
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 19%
ADVERTISEMENT