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Sanitation Worker Salary

Sanitation Workers in the United States take home approximately $11.78 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $8.72 per hour and $17.84. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While some workers in this profession — slightly more than a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Sanitation Workers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 88 percent. Most Sanitation Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$21,021 - $72,874
(Median)
$21K
$48K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,295
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$8.72 - $17.84
(Median)
$8
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$21,021 - $72,874  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,221  
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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$18,579 - $53,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.72 - $17.84  
   
Overtime
$11.78 - $30.85  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,221  
   
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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$18,579 - $53,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 276

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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.

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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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $26K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $35K. Sanitation Workers see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Sanitation Workers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $44K.

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Experience Affects Sanitation Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 23%
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