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Sanitation Worker Salary (United States)

A Sanitation Worker earns an average wage of $11.65 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Sanitation Worker Salary (?
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$20,589 - $72,447
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $44,421
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Sanitation Worker Salary (?
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$8.71 - $17.38
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$20,589 - $72,447  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
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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$18,596 - $55,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.71 - $17.38  
   
Overtime
$12.02 - $32.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
   
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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$18,596 - $55,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 209
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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.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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National Average
$28,000
Chicago
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Experience Affects Sanitation Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%
Experienced
up arrow 27%
Mid-Career
up arrow 20%
National Average
$28,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
11%
female alumni
 
Male
89%
male alumni

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: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 26%