The average hourly pay for a Garbage Man is $16.19.
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Job Description for Garbage Man
Garbage men are more professionally known as "refuse collectors," and their main responsibility is to drive along assigned routes and collect trash and recycling. Most garbage men work early in the morning, and their main "tool" is a garbage truck with hydraulic lifts, which allow the truck to pick up trash containers. For some garbage men, getting out of the truck is unnecessary; however, those without hydraulic lifts must manually lift and deposit trash into the garbage truck, so it's highly r…Read more
Garbage Man Tasks
- Transport solid waste to appropriate disposal sites.
- Manually and mechanically collect solid waste.
- Communicate with dispatchers concerning delays, unsafe sites, accidents, equipment breakdowns, or other maintenance problems.
- May drive trucks, following established route.
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Skills in Machine Operation, Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight and Customer Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Product Management and Health and Wellness.
Pay by Experience Level for Garbage Man
An entry-level Garbage Man with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $14.52 based on 38 salaries. An early career Garbage Man with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.48 based on 131 salaries. A mid-career Garbage Man with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.69 based on 42 salaries. An experienced Garbage Man with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.13 based on 77 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $21.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Garbage Man in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 108.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Minneapolis, Minnesota (28.5% more) and Columbus, Ohio (23.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Los Angeles, California (33.6% less) and New York, New York (21.2% less).
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