Men account for the majority of Garbage Truck Drivers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.76 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,669 - $64,888
(Median)
$28K
$40K
$65K
MEDIAN: $40,202
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90%

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$12.58 - $22.19
(Median)
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,669 - $64,888  
   
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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$27,149 - $56,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.58 - $22.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.43  
Overtime
$17.87 - $32.69  
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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$27,149 - $56,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 471
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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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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. Garbage Truck Drivers flock to Republic Services Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $46K lead the pack in compensation; however, Republic Services Inc also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $30K at one end to $63K at the other end.

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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $40K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. Garbage Truck Drivers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $43K.

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Experience Affects Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Driver
up arrow 7%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000

CDL
up arrow 10%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 11%

Customer Service
up arrow 13%

Driving
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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