Sanitation Worker Salary

The average Sanitation Worker in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.34 per hour. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 87 percent of Sanitation Workers are male. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,104 - $73,948
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MEDIAN: $36,764
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$9.68 - $18.54
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$0$73K
Salary $23,104 - $73,948
Bonus $100.00 - $1,300
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$20,711 - $48,254
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 81
Hourly Data $0$29
Hourly Rate $9.68 - $18.54
Overtime $14.13 - $29.29
Annual Data $0$48K
Bonus $100.00 - $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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$20,711 - $48,254
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 432

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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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Many Sanitation Workers move into a Sanitation Supervisor role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $46K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Sanitation Worker

Pay by Experience for a Sanitation Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Sanitation Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 390 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sanitation Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 90 salaries. An experienced Sanitation Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 48 salaries. A Sanitation Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 14 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,326

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

Surpassing the national average by 77 percent, Sanitation Workers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Sanitation Workers will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+23 percent) and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Sanitation Workers in Chicago take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 28 percent less than the national average.

Sanitation Worker Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Sanitation Worker?

Sanitation Worker in Hanover:
"Sanitation."
Pros: Always busy, hard work, takes 7 days a week to complete.
Cons: The possibility of hurting oneself.

Sanitation Worker in Fargo:
"Its great I can get raped when ever I like."
Pros: I get raped and I get free meth along with herion.
Cons: I can't mollist little children.

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Key Stats for Sanitation Worker

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Sanitation Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲48%

Experienced
▲36%

Mid-Career
▲10%

National Average
$28,000

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 34%
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