Garbage Truck Driver Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Garbage Truck Drivers earn an average of $16.70 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. Although close to one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Garbage Truck Drivers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,483 - $65,703
$26K
$40K
$66K
MEDIAN: $40,372
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50%
90%

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$12.80 - $22.80
$13
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.96
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$0$65K
Salary $26,483 - $65,703
Bonus $1.21 - $2,013
Profit Sharing $3,000
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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$27,191 - $59,250
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 189
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.80 - $22.80
Hourly Tips $0.43
Overtime $18.28 - $33.64
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $1.21 - $2,013
Profit Sharing $3,000
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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$27,191 - $59,250
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 767

Job Description for Garbage Truck Driver

Garbage truck drivers are responsible for picking up trash from residential and commercial locations, often with mechanical arms of trucks which scoop up garbage and unload it into the truck. These mechanical arms are operated by the driver, so prior experience with similar machinery is highly beneficial. Some jobs are more physically demanding than others, such as when garbage must be loaded manually rather than with machinery.

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Garbage Truck Driver Tasks

  • Drive truck along designated route, operating lifting devices to collect trash.
  • Conduct inspections and maintain truck and equipment to ensure safe, reliable use.
  • Deliver trash to disposal sites.

Garbage Truck Driver Pay By Employer

$0$57K

$37,860

$40,572

$36,534

Republic
9 profiles
$36,790

Waste Pro USA
5 profiles
$31,290

$43,400

Garbage Truck Driver Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Garbage Truck Driver

Pay by Experience for a Garbage Truck Driver has a positive trend. An entry-level Garbage Truck Driver with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 320 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Garbage Truck Driver with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 157 salaries. An experienced Garbage Truck Driver which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 144 salaries. A Garbage Truck Driver with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 69 salaries.

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Key Stats for Garbage Truck Driver

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

▲8%

▲3%

National Average
$39,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Garbage Truck Driver Salaries

Driver
▲6%


Customer Service
▲1%

National Average
$39,000


CDL
▼7%

Driving
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 23%