How Much Do Garbage and Trash Collectors Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Recyclable Material Collectors

Recyclable Material Collectors collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$42620 per year
Hourly wage
$20 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$23,880 to $30,180 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$11 to $15 per hour

Entry-level Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $23,880 to $30,180 per year or $11 to $15 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $32 $67,530
Senior (Top 25%) $25 $51,530
Middle (Mid 50%) $19 $39,100
Junior (Bottom 25%) $15 $30,180
No experience (Bottom 10%) $11 $23,880

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NY $30 $61,450
IL $28 $59,090
WA $27 $56,640
CA $27 $56,300
HI $23 $48,170
CT $23 $48,010
DE $23 $47,420
ND $23 $47,290
OR $23 $46,900
RI $22 $46,530

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Refuse and Recyclable Material Collector is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Garbage and Trash Collectors are in the states of NY, IL, WA, CA and HI.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
State Government $56450 $27.14
Postal Service (Federal Government) $54340 $26.12
Waste Treatment and Disposal $46450 $22.33
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $45870 $22.05
Local Government $44900 $21.58
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $41960 $20.17
Waste Collection $40990 $19.71
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services $37780 $18.16
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $36810 $17.70
Other Support Services $36770 $17.68
Truck Transportation $35950 $17.28
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $32910 $15.82
Employment Services $30910 $14.86
Individual and Family Services $27350 $13.15

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