Salary for Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

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Also known as:  Garbage Collector, Recyclable Materials Collector, Refuse Collector, Scrap Metal Collector, Solid Waste Collector, Trash Collector helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Refuse and recyclable material collectors drive recycling trucks. They also dump recycling from containers into the truck and transport the materials. This occupation can be dangerous as it requires workers to handle sensitive materials by definition of the job. To qualify for this position, a high school diploma is usually required. Before beginning official work, up to a year of job training may be required before official work can begin.

A Refuse or Recyclable Material Collector will normally get an average wage ranging between $23,880 - $67,530 depending on the level of seniority. can expect an average pay level of fourty-two thousand six hundred and twenty dollars per annum.

can receive the best pay in New York, where they earn average job salaries of just about $61,450. People in this job function can make the highest salaries in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they can earn job pay of $68,110.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 48.90 percent nationwide in that time.


Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Public Administration
Wholesale Trade
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Health Care and Social Assistance
Educational Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services