Sanitation Worker Salary

The average Sanitation Worker in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.79 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.70 per hour and $17.88. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Sanitation Workers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,585 - $71,560

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$8.70 - $17.88

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$20,585 - $71,560  
   
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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$18,569 - $51,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.70 - $17.88  
   
Overtime
$11.98 - $28.57  
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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$18,569 - $51,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 314
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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.


For many Sanitation Workers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $26K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $34K. Sanitation Workers bring in $37K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $40K on average.

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Experience Affects Sanitation Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 24%
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