Men account for the majority of Garbage Truck Drivers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.72 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most Garbage Truck Drivers report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — roughly one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$27,427 - $65,332
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MEDIAN: $40,642
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$12.65 - $22.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,427 - $65,332  
   
Bonus
$35.03 - $2,792  
Total Pay (?
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$27,229 - $57,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.65 - $22.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.43  
Overtime
$18.24 - $32.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$35.03 - $2,792  
   
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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$27,229 - $57,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 482

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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

  • Drive truck along designated route, operating lifting devices to collect trash.
  • Conduct inspections and maintain truck and equipment to ensure safe, reliable use.
  • Deliver trash to disposal sites.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Garbage Truck Driver


Dominating the field, Waste Management, Inc., Republic Services Inc, Waste Connections, Inc., Waste Pro USA, and Republic are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Garbage Truck Drivers. Although Republic Services Inc heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $46K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $30K to $64K.

Pay by Experience Level for Garbage Truck Driver

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


Garbage Truck Drivers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $43K.

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Key Stats for Garbage Truck Driver

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Driver
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Customer Service
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 5%

CDL
up arrow 9%

Driving
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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