Garbage Truck Driver Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Garbage Truck Drivers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $16.32 per hour nationwide. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $12.18 per hour and $22.27. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the specific employer and tenure are influential factors as well. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,200 - $64,970
(Median)
$27K
$40K
$65K
MEDIAN: $40,360
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50%
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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


Employees of Republic Services Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $47K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $33K to $63K.


Garbage Truck Drivers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Safety Compliance and Driver/Core Development are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

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 $34K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $40K. Garbage Truck Drivers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $42K on average.

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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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