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List of Trash Collector Salaries by State

By Edited Mar 30, 2014 0 0

Trash Collector

Salaries by State

Does working with your hands satisfy you in some way? How about working outside throughout the different seasons? If so, then maybe you’d be interested in becoming a garbage collector. There are many names for garbage collectors. You’ve got:

  • Trash Collector
  • Garbage Collector
  • Refuse Collector
  • Recyclable Materials Collector

All of these names represent one profession. If this career path intrigues you, then go ahead and keep reading to find out a trash collector’s salary, how to become a trash collector, and what the requirements are for these garbage men/women.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The refuse collector’s job requires strength, stamina, and speed. You begin each day with a required route to run. It may be a different amount of work each day, but the route gives the details. After awhile, you begin to know your route very well and will get much faster at finishing it, but the job is the same for every trash collector: drive the trash truck through your route while you accumulate the route’s garbage. Once your truck has been filled, you will drive to the disposal site and dump the refuse to continue on your route. Other requirements of the daily tasks include:

  • Filling truck’s gas and oil
  • Operating hydraulic hoists and crushers
  • Driving the truck
  • Heavy lifting, pulling, and dragging
  • Check weather and road conditions

BECOME A TRASH COLLECTOR

If this is something that you know you’re capable of being successful at, then here is how you become a garbage collector. One, you’ll need to have the capacity to stand, lift, and be in constant motion all day long. Two, you’ll need to have great customer skills. Three, you’ll want to be able to express the ability to handle heavy equipment. And lastly, you’ll not need a formal education.

The best way to go about becoming a trash collector is by going to the nearest company and talking to a manager or another employee. Ask for available positions and the testing they have available to get the ball rolling. Fill out an application and show interest. Do not leave them alone until they give you a definitive answer. If they hire you, then they’ll put you through a training program and you’ll ride along with other garbage collectors for a few weeks.

TRASH COLLECTOR SALARY

Everybody is curious about how much salary a trash collector earns. Let’s get into the details. The Bureau of Labor Statistics records that the average trash collector salary is $33,760. The average hourly income for a trash collector is $16.23/hr. Because of the nature of the job, the trash collector usually is put on an hourly rate and works a bit of overtime, so this number could be much higher if you counted the overtime. Following is a list of trash collector salaries by state.

 

Alabama

Hourly: $12.70

Salary: $26,420

Alaska

Hourly: $20.41

Salary: $42,450

Arizona

Hourly: $18.80

Salary: $39,100

Arkansas

Hourly: $11.52

Salary: $23,970

California

Hourly: $19.73

Salary: $41,030

Colorado

Hourly: $17.00

Salary: $35,370

Connecticut

Hourly: $16.15

Salary: $33,590

Delaware

Hourly: $15.86

Salary: $32,990

District of Columbia

Hourly: $17.48

Salary: $36,370

Florida

Hourly: $14.11

Salary: $29,350

Georgia

Hourly: $12.54

Salary: $26,080

Guam

Hourly: $10.22

Salary: $21,270

Hawaii

Hourly: $17.82

Salary: $37,070

Idaho

Hourly: $13.70

Salary: $28,510

Illinois

Hourly: $18.82

Salary: $39,140

Indiana

Hourly: $14.26

Salary: $29,650

Iowa

Hourly: $13.88

Salary: $28,870

Kansas

Hourly: $13.09

Salary: $27,220

Kentucky

Hourly: $12.80

Salary: $26,620

Louisiana

Hourly: $11.84

Salary: $24,630

Maine

Hourly: $12.24

Salary: $25,450

Maryland

Hourly: $17.48

Salary: $36,360

Massachusetts

Hourly: $17.84

Salary: $37,100

Michigan

Hourly: $15.90

Salary: $33,070

Minnesota

Hourly: $17.51

Salary: $36,430

Mississippi

Hourly: $11.48

Salary: $23,880

Missouri

Hourly: $12.86

Salary: $26,760

Montana

Hourly: $13.83

Salary: $28,760

Nebraska

Hourly: $12.47

Salary: $25,940

Nevada

Hourly: $17.98

Salary: $37,390

New Hampshire

Hourly: $14.51

Salary: $30,180

New Jersey

Hourly: $17.74

Salary: $36,900

New Mexico

Hourly: $14.21

Salary: $29,550

New York

Hourly: $23.43

Salary: $48,740

North Carolina

Hourly: $11.90

Salary: $24,760

North Dakota

Hourly: $12.38

Salary: $25,750

Ohio

Hourly: $15.84

Salary: $32,950

Oklahoma

Hourly: $13.07

Salary: $27,180

Oregon

Hourly: $18.67

Salary: $38,840

Pennsylvania

Hourly: $15.89

Salary: $33,050

Puerto Rico

Hourly: $7.67

Salary: $15,950

Rhode Island

Hourly: $17.74

Salary: $36,910

South Carolina

Hourly: $12.24

Salary: $25,460

South Dakota

Hourly: $11.37

Salary: $23,650

Tennessee

Hourly: $13.01

Salary: $27,060

Texas

Hourly: $13.49

Salary: $28,050

Utah

Hourly: $16.05

Salary: $33,380

Vermont

Hourly: $13.13

Salary: $27,300

Virginia

Hourly: $12.94

Salary: $26,910

Washington

Hourly: $21.50

Salary: $44,710

West Virginia

Hourly: $10.61

Salary: $22,060

Wisconsin

Hourly: $15.98

Salary: $33,240

Wyoming

Hourly: $15.23

Salary: $31,670

CONCLUSION

So if this profession peaks your curiosity, I would encourage you to go to your local Waste Management or other trash collecting company and talk to someone about an application. This is not a difficult job, but then again, it’s not a vocation for everyone. Good luck to you in your future career path!

If you desire more choices regarding your career, check out these other job options:

1.    Paramedic

2.    CEO

3.    Airline Pilot

4.    Air Traffic Controller

5.    Taxi Driver

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