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Sanitation Worker Salary

Sanitation Workers in the United States take home an average $11.64 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.73 per hour to $17.51. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 89 percent of Sanitation Workers are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — around one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,161 - $72,624
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MEDIAN: $43,908
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$8.73 - $17.51
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$22,161 - $72,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
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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$18,672 - $55,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.73 - $17.51  
   
Overtime
$11.96 - $30.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
   
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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$18,672 - $55,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 229
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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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Sanitation Workers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $25K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $34K. Sanitation Workers bring in $35K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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.

Experience Affects Sanitation Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 26%