Garbage Truck Driver Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Garbage Truck Drivers in the in the United States, bringing in about $15.44 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.72 per hour on the low end to $21.64 on the high end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; most receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Garbage Truck Driver Salary (?
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$25,869 - $57,154
(Median)
26K
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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22
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
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75%
90%
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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

Though heading up the field in terms of compensation—Republic Services Inc offers the highest median salary at $46,951—pay within the company still varies considerably, starting at $33K and reaching $66K. Though lagging the field in terms of compensation—Waste Management, Inc. offers the lowest median salary at $41,196—pay within the company still varies considerably, starting at $26K and reaching $69K.

Pay by Experience Level for Garbage Truck Driver

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $33K to $39K. Earnings total $42K after one to two decades. Garbage Truck Drivers' salaries shift downward after two decades on the job, averaging $42K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

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Experience Affects Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%
Late-Career
up arrow 19%
Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
National Average
$35,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
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%
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