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Garbage Truck Driver Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Garbage Truck Drivers earn an average of $15.63 per hour. Pay generally varies between $11.90 per hour and $21.96. Experience level and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Garbage Truck Drivers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$26,028 - $56,898
(Median)
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48K
57K
MEDIAN: $36,143
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$11.90 - $21.96
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,028 - $56,898  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,208  
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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$25,342 - $55,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 70
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $21.96  
   
Overtime
$15.17 - $33.06  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,208  
   
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).
)
$25,342 - $55,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 298
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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 pay scale is far from balanced at Waste Management, Inc.. While salaries on one end can reach $68K, the company's median pay sits at $41K, the lowest in the field.


Job skills reported by Garbage Truck Drivers are limited. Fortunate workers who know Driver/Core Development command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 35 percent above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Garbage Truck Driver

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $40K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Garbage Truck Drivers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. 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 26%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

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 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 14%