Sanitation Worker Salary

Sanitation Workers in the United States take home approximately $11.86 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.71 per hour and $17.98. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of Sanitation Workers (87 percent) who took the survey. Most Sanitation Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,458 - $71,789
(Median)
$20K
$45K
$72K
MEDIAN: $44,787
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$8.71 - $17.98
(Median)
$8
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$20,458 - $71,789  
   
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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$18,547 - $51,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.71 - $17.98  
   
Overtime
$11.90 - $29.38  
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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$18,547 - $51,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 303
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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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $26K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $34K. Sanitation Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. Sanitation Workers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $40K.

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Experience Affects Sanitation Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

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: 23%
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