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Garbage Truck Driver Salary (United States)

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 $15.44 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $11.72 per hour to $21.64. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Garbage Truck Drivers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Garbage Truck Driver Salary (?
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$25,869 - $57,154
(Median)
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36K
49K
57K
MEDIAN: $36,457
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Garbage Truck Driver Salary (?
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$11.72 - $21.64
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,869 - $57,154  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,210  
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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$24,984 - $55,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $21.64  
   
Overtime
$14.99 - $32.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,210  
   
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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$24,984 - $55,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 271
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Job Description for Garbage Truck Driver

  • 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

Garbage Truck Drivers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Republic Services Inc, where typical salaries come to $47K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($33K) and those starting out ($66K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Offering a median salary of only $41K, Waste Management, Inc. pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $26K to $69K is pretty narrow, too. Republic Services Inc is another employer with a reputation for below-average pay.

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 $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $39K. Garbage Truck Drivers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, a majority land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

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Experience Affects Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%
Late-Career
up arrow 19%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$35,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 15%