Average Early-Career Sanitation Worker Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Sanitation Worker is $12.32.
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Hourly Rate
$10 - $18
$125 - $5,000
Total Pay
$21,037 - $42,132

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Job Description for Sanitation Worker

Sanitation Worker Tasks
  • 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.
  • Perform basic housekeeping including cleaning floors, walls, ceiling, air vents and lights.
  • Operate the system to clean and sanitize equipment, tanks and pipelines.

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Popular Skills for Sanitation Worker

Skills in Food Safety, Heavy Equipment Operation, Equipment Maintenance and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cleaning.

Pay by Experience Level for Sanitation Worker

An entry-level Sanitation Worker with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $11.82 based on 80 salaries. A mid-career Sanitation Worker with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.59 based on 157 salaries. An experienced Sanitation Worker with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.96 based on 92 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $17.
Employees with Sanitation Worker in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 21.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Atlanta, Georgia (11.6% more) and Chicago, Illinois (10.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Detroit, Michigan (0.2% less).

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