Earnings for Sanitation Workers in the United States come in at around $12.10 per hour on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men account for the majority of Sanitation Workers who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although the greater part have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$23,350 - $71,394
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$71K
MEDIAN: $39,076
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$9.19 - $18.39
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,350 - $71,394  
   
Bonus
$50.68 - $1,184  
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$20,039 - $48,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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Hourly Rate
$9.19 - $18.39  
   
Overtime
$13.34 - $27.32  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$50.68 - $1,184  
   
Total Pay (?
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$20,039 - $48,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 407
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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 who move on to become Sanitation Supervisors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Sanitation Supervisors get paid an average of $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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $27K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $31K on average. Sanitation Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $40K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,764

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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Sanitation Workers, 45 percent higher than the national average. Sanitation Workers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent) and Seattle (+6 percent). Sanitation Workers in Chicago earn salaries far below the national average by 27 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Sanitation Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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