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Recycling and Reclamation Workers

Other names for this job might include Auto Dismantler, Bobcat Driver/Labor, Box Sorter, Computer Recycling Worker, Convenience Recycle Center Tech, Crane Operator, Deconstruction and Decontamination Operator, Deconstruction and Decontamination Waste Operations Specialist, Dispatch, Machine Runner, Equipment Operator

  • $32380
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How Much Do Recycling Workers Make In 2018

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Average salary

Annual salary
$32380 per year

Hourly wage
$15.570 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do Recycling Workers make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of Recycling Workers is $32380. Their salary can also be as low as $19450 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $51470 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $15.570 and can range from $9.350 to $24.750 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A Recycling Worker will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do Recycling Workers make with other careers, they have a salary rank of D.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$24.750$51470
Senior (Top 25%)$18.720$38930
Middle (Mid 50%)$13.830$28770
Junior (Bottom 25%)$10.650$22150
No experience (Bottom 10%)$9.350$19450

Entry-level Recycling Workers who starts out at $22150 can expect to make $28770 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $9.350 per hour while the top 10% makes over $24.750 per hour.

While the median wage is $28770 per annum or $13.830 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Oil and Gas Extraction30.9664400
Natural Gas Distribution30.6463730
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution28.0358290
Federal Executive Branch25.6553350
Federal government, including the US Postal Service25.6553350
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing23.0948020
Support Activities for Air Transportation22.6347070
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills21.9845720
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing21.9245600
Testing Laboratories21.3644420
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing21.2244130
Support Activities for Mining21.1644010
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction20.7843220
Scientific Research and Development Services20.5342690
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences20.5342690
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals20.4242480
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing20.3642350
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing20.0841770
Mining (except Oil and Gas)19.9841570
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services19.8241220
Water, Sewage and Other Systems19.7541070
Engineering Services19.6840940
Metal Ore Mining19.640770
Federal, State, and Local Government19.5340630
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service19.5340630
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing19.4240400
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers19.2139950
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service1939510
Pipeline Transportation18.9339380
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying18.7839060
Basic Chemical Manufacturing18.7639020
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing18.7238940
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills18.738900
Support Activities for Transportation18.5238520
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing18.338070
State government, including schools and hospitals18.2437930
Paper Manufacturing18.237870
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing18.1837810
Hospitals, Privately owned18.1637780
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned18.1637780
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)18.1237680
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)18.0837610
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing18.0237480
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned1837440
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services17.9737370
Waste Treatment and Disposal17.8937210
Computer Systems Design and Related Services17.8537120
Dairy Product Manufacturing17.8437110
Water Transportation17.8437100
Grain and Oilseed Milling17.8337080
Ship and Boat Building17.8337080
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing17.7536920
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers17.6236640
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing17.5836570
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing17.5736550
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers17.5436470
Household Appliance Manufacturing17.5236450
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing17.3736140
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing17.3336040
Newspaper Publishers17.235770
Publishing Industries (except Internet)17.1935760
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing17.1835740
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing17.1535670
Other Building Equipment Contractors17.1135580
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing17.0735510
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers17.0635490
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing17.0535470
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing17.0235390
Chemical Manufacturing16.9635280
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing16.9635270
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing16.9635270
Communications Equipment Manufacturing16.8935130
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing16.8935120
Textile Mills16.7734880
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing16.7534850
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services16.7434820
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing16.7334800
Machinery Manufacturing16.6934710
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing16.6834700
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing16.6834700
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals16.6634650
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction16.634530
Local government, including schools and hospitals16.634520
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing16.5834490
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing16.5834480
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing16.5134340
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers16.4834280
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing16.3634040
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services16.3634030
Utility System Construction16.3534000
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing16.333900
Support Activities for Animal Production16.2633830
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories16.2733830
Forging and Stamping16.1933680
Management of Companies and Enterprises15.9733210
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing15.9433160
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers15.9433150
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores15.9433150
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors15.9133090
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing15.8632990
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing15.8332930
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services15.8132890
Automotive Body, Paint, Interior, and Glass Repair15.8132890
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers15.8132880
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing15.7932840
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers15.7732800
Business Support Services15.7332710
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing15.7232690
Other Food Manufacturing15.7132670
Facilities Support Services15.732660
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media15.6932630
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing15.6832620
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing15.6232500
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers15.5432330
Rubber Product Manufacturing15.5432320
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing15.5232270
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers15.532250
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services15.532230
Beverage Manufacturing15.4932220
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing15.4332100
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers15.3932000
Machine Shops15.3831990
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing15.3631950
Hardware Manufacturing15.3531930
Rental and Leasing Services15.3531920
Educational Services, State government owned15.3231870
Waste Management and Remediation Services15.2731770
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers15.2731760
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing15.2431690
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing15.2331680
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing15.2231660
Construction of Buildings15.1931600
Nonresidential Building Construction15.1931600
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers15.1731550
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing15.1531510
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing15.1331480
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing15.1131420
All industries15.0831360
Wood Product Manufacturing15.0531310
All industries, private ownership only15.0531300
Plastics Product Manufacturing15.0331260
Transportation and Warehousing14.9931170
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)14.9231030
Miscellaneous Manufacturing14.7930750
Other Personal Services14.7230630
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing14.7230610
Specialized Design Services14.7230610
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing14.6530470
Building Equipment Contractors14.6430440
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing14.6330440
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers14.5930350
Specialty Trade Contractors14.5830340
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing14.5730300
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing14.5130190
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation14.4930140
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing14.4830120
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing14.4430040
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing14.4129980
Health and Personal Care Stores14.3829900
Other Support Services14.3529840
Automotive Repair and Maintenance14.3429830
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing14.3329810
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging14.2929720
Apparel Manufacturing14.2629660
Home Furnishings Stores14.2629650
Other Wood Product Manufacturing14.2429620
Building Finishing Contractors14.229530
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing14.1229370
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores14.1129350
Wholesale Trade14.129320
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing14.0629240
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing14.0429200
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods14.0229170
Printing and Related Support Activities13.9829080
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing13.9729050
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing13.9629030
Other Specialty Trade Contractors13.9529020
Food Manufacturing13.9328970
Repair and Maintenance13.9128940
Sawmills and Wood Preservation13.8828860
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods13.8728850
Automotive Mechanical and Electrical Repair and Maintenance13.8728840
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services13.8628820
Fabric Mills13.8428790
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel13.8328760
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers13.7228530
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance13.6928470
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing13.6828460
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)13.6828460
Grocery Stores13.6728430
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance13.6328340
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance13.628290
Miscellaneous Store Retailers13.4728020
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)13.4628000
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries13.427870
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers13.3927850
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing13.3827840
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers13.3627780
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers13.3327720
Direct Selling Establishments13.3327720
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities13.327660
Primary Metal Manufacturing13.2527550
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services13.2527550
Warehousing and Storage13.2127480
Administrative and Support Services13.2127480
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers13.1827410
Employment Services13.1827410
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers13.1427340
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing13.0927220
Nonstore Retailers13.0127050
Personal and Laundry Services12.9426910
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses12.9226870
Retail Trade12.9126860
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers12.8726770
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services12.826630
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services12.826630
Animal Slaughtering and Processing12.826610
Food and Beverage Stores12.7126450
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned12.6226250
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers12.626210
Accommodation and Food Services12.5726140
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores12.5626130
Truck Transportation12.5326060
Animal Food Manufacturing12.4825960
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores12.3825760
Specialized Freight Trucking12.3725740
Waste Collection12.3125600
Educational Services, Privately owned12.2725530
Ambulatory Health Care Services12.1725320
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers12.1325230
Building Material and Supplies Dealers12.1125190
Specialty Food Stores12.125170
Textile Furnishings Mills12.0825130
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities11.9624880
Traveler Accommodation11.8924730
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing11.8824700
Other Support Activities for Transportation11.8124560
Textile Product Mills11.7324410
Drycleaning and Laundry Services11.6724270
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting11.5624050
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry11.5624050
Other Textile Product Mills11.5323990
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores11.5123940
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores11.523920
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)11.1423170
Support Activities for Crop Production10.9622790
Vocational Rehabilitation Services10.9422750
Used Merchandise Stores10.8322530
Social Assistance10.8122480
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing10.6322120
Individual and Family Services10.0920980
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities10.0920980
Sporting Goods Stores9.6720110
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities9.3619470
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities9.3619470
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)9.2319190
Outpatient Care Centers8.6417960

Not all industries pay the same for Recycling and Reclamation Workers.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as A Recycling Worker is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at AK may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful Recycling Workers are in the states of AK, KY, CA, AL and TN. The average salary in AK is $72910.

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