A Sanitation Worker earns an average wage of $11.52 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Sanitation Worker Total Pay (?
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$21,428 - $76,918
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77K
MEDIAN: $46,573
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Sanitation Worker Total Pay (?
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$8.49 - $17.29
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$21,428 - $76,918  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,231  
Total Pay (?
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$18,498 - $60,336  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 263
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.49 - $17.29  
   
Overtime
$11.45 - $29.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,231  
   
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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$18,498 - $60,336  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 263
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Job Description for Sanitation Worker
Sanitation workers may work in the field of waste removal or they may work in waste water treatment. As this job title describes two different types of jobs, the duties and work environments are also very different. Sanitation workers in waste removal primarily work outside. Trash collectors for example, usually work with another sanitation worker. One drives the garbage truck while the other handle dumping trash into the truck at each stop. However, waste removal companies have added technology recently to put a mechanical arm on trucks so that only a driver is necessary. This has not completely removed the job of those who work outside of the truck but it is cutting down on their jobs available. Work hours are generally Monday through Friday with shifts anywhere between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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Sanitation Worker Tasks
  • Perform basic housekeeping including cleaning floors, walls, ceiling, air vents and lights.
  • Operate the system to clean and sanitize equipment, tanks and pipelines.
  • Disassemble, clean sanitize and reassemble all equipment as needed.
  • Perform basic preventive maintenance of gaskets, seals and other equipment on all product contact surfaces as needed.

Experience Affects Sanitation Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 31%
Mid-Career
up arrow 23%
National Average
$28,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 36 votes.
Gender
Female
13%
female alumni
 
Male
87%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 26%
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