Bringing in the most money are Diesel Mechanics — their earnings average $23.00 per hour. Heavy Equipment Operators are a close second at $20.57 along with Tractor-Trailer Drivers (approximately $19.25) and Garbage Truck Drivers (around $17.56). Earning only about $14.73 on average, Accounts Payable Clerks make less than most people in the company.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($21.45 per hour) can be spotted in Clifton Park, N.Y.; Tacoma, Wash. (approximately $20.51), Aberdeen, Wash. (about $19.77), and Fort Worth, Texas ($17.53) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Vancouver, Wash. at $13.50. By state, New York offers the highest pay at around $21.21 per hour.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $17.76 per hour. The largest slice of the Waste Connections, Inc. workforce (31 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, approximately $16.11 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
State Inspection Licences have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at about $23.99 per hour. Employees who have an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) make the most here, hauling in $22.42 per hour.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Welding; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $18.42 per hour. Customer Service is a popular skill among Waste Connections, Inc. workers, with slightly less than a fourth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Microsoft Excel, Safety Compliance, and Data Entry.
Benefits and Perks
Waste Connections, Inc. lets only a quarter of respondents take paid vacation and only a sixth of workers take sick leave. A solid majority of respondents plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Most respondents can count on health insurance, and most survey participants have dental coverage as a benefit. The company also dishes out perks such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, and 401(a).