Sanitation Worker Salary

Earnings for Sanitation Workers in the United States come in at around $12.27 per hour on average. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Sanitation Workers report high levels of job satisfaction. While nearly one-third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 86 percent of Sanitation Workers are male. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,270 - $73,280
$23K
$39K
$73K
MEDIAN: $39,438
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$9.27 - $18.72
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MEDIAN: $12.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$23,270 - $73,280  
   
Bonus
$125.00 - $1,300  
Total Pay (?
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$20,158 - $48,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.27 - $18.72  
   
Overtime
$13.71 - $29.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$20,158 - $48,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 421

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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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Sanitation Workers who move on to become Sanitation Supervisors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Sanitation Supervisors get paid an average 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.


For many Sanitation Workers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $27K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Sanitation Workers make a median salary of $40K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $44K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,149

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

For Sanitation Workers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. Sanitation Workers will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+24 percent) and Los Angeles (+18 percent). Compared to the national average, Chicago Sanitation Workers have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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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
8%
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
▲55%

Experienced
▲41%

Mid-Career
▲10%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

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
8%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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