Sanitation Worker Salary

For Sanitation Workers, hourly average wages total $12.19 per hour. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Sanitation Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly one in three lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Men make up the vast majority of Sanitation Workers (86 percent) who took the survey. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,609 - $73,838
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MEDIAN: $38,957
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$9.34 - $18.55
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MEDIAN: $12.19
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$23,609 - $73,838  
   
Bonus
$125.00 - $1,300  
Total Pay (?
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$20,281 - $48,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.34 - $18.55  
   
Overtime
$13.94 - $29.01  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$125.00 - $1,300  
   
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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$20,281 - $48,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 407
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Job Description for Sanitation Worker

Sanitation workers carry out tasks relating to the sanitation and upkeep of facilities and facets of operation within a company. The duties of a sanitation worker vary based on what is needed within a company; some examples include sanitation of various equipment used, proper disposal of waste, and the sanitation of work areas. Restrooms may also be cleaned by sanitation workers.

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Sanitation Worker Tasks

  • 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.
  • Perform basic housekeeping including cleaning floors, walls, ceiling, air vents and lights.
  • Operate the system to clean and sanitize equipment, tanks and pipelines.

Common Career Paths for Sanitation Worker


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Many Sanitation Workers move into a Sanitation Supervisor role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $46K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Sanitation Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Sanitation Workers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $31K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $27K. Sanitation Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $39K. Sanitation Workers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,846

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Sanitation Workers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 80 percent above the national average. Sanitation Workers will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+25 percent) and Los Angeles (+20 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Sanitation Worker's salary, with Chicago Sanitation Workers earning salaries that are 27 percent less than the national average.

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Key Stats for Sanitation Worker

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Sanitation Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲50%

Experienced
▲39%

Mid-Career
▲11%

National Average
$28,000

▼4%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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