Sanitation Worker Salary

An average Sanitation Worker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $12.04 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.77 per hour on the low end to $18.36 on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While close to one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. The majority of Sanitation Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,233 - $72,582
(Median)
$21K
$41K
$73K
MEDIAN: $41,022
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$8.77 - $18.36
(Median)
$8
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$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$21,233 - $72,582  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,040  
Profit Sharing
$7,000  
Total Pay (?
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$18,734 - $51,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.77 - $18.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$11.80 - $29.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,040  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,000  
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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$18,734 - $51,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 376
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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Sanitation Worker


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Sanitation Workers often transition into Sanitation Supervisor positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Sanitation Supervisors earn $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.


Sanitation Workers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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 $33K. Sanitation Workers bring in $38K after working for 10 to 20 years. Sanitation Workers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $41K.

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Experience Affects Sanitation Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 35%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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