Sanitation Worker Salary

Sanitation Workers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.82 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.68 per hour and $17.95. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Sanitation Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. There are far more male Sanitation Workers survey respondents than women, making up 87 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,498 - $71,711
(Median)
$20K
$45K
$72K
MEDIAN: $44,844
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$8.68 - $17.95
(Median)
$8
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$20,498 - $71,711  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,179  
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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$18,515 - $51,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.68 - $17.95  
   
Overtime
$11.91 - $29.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,179  
   
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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$18,515 - $51,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 306
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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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $26K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $34K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Sanitation Workers see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $40K.

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Experience Affects Sanitation Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 24%
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