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Garbage Truck Driver Salary

Men make up the majority of Garbage Truck Drivers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $15.84 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.87 per hour on the low end to $21.90 on the high end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,249 - $56,863
(Median)
$26K
$37K
$57K
MEDIAN: $37,004
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90%

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$11.87 - $21.90
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,249 - $56,863  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
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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$25,460 - $54,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $21.90  
   
Overtime
$15.16 - $32.60  
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.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
   
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).
)
$25,460 - $54,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 358

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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


Republic Services Inc offers the largest salaries in town ($45K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $29K to $64K.

Although Waste Connections, Inc. hands out the lowest average salary in town at $36K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $24K or as much as $71K.


Garbage Truck Drivers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Driver/Core Development can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 35 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include CDL.

Pay by Experience Level for Garbage Truck Driver

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $33K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. Garbage Truck Drivers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $42K.

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Experience Affects Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 35%

National Average
$36,000

CDL
up arrow 6%

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
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 17%