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Garbage Truck Driver Salary

Male Garbage Truck Drivers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $15.86 per hour in the United States. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $11.88 per hour and $21.77. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,976 - $56,238
(Median)
$26K
$38K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,303
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90%

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$11.88 - $21.77
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
90%

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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.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,976 - $56,238  
   
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).
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$25,381 - $54,433  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $21.77  
   
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.
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$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).
)
$25,381 - $54,433  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 377

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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 biggest paychecks can be found at Republic Services Inc — the median salary there is $45K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $29K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $64K.

Waste Connections, Inc. offers the least money; the median income there is just $36K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $24K and $71K.


Garbage Truck Drivers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $33K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $39K. Garbage Truck Drivers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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.

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Experience Affects Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

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 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: 80% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 19%
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