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Sanitation Worker Salary

For Sanitation Workers, hourly average wages total $11.75 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.72 per hour and $17.59. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority (89 percent) of Sanitation Workers who answered the questionnaire are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although approximately one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,683 - $73,698
(Median)
$21K
$45K
$74K
MEDIAN: $45,323
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$8.72 - $17.59
(Median)
$8
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$20,683 - $73,698  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,216  
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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$18,637 - $53,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.72 - $17.59  
   
Overtime
$11.69 - $29.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,216  
   
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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$18,637 - $53,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 266

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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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $26K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $34K. Sanitation Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $34K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $47K.

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Experience Affects Sanitation Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 66%

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 25%