Waste Management and Remediation Services: NAICS 562

About the Waste Management and Remediation Services subsector

The waste management and remediation services subsector is part of the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector.

Industries in the Waste Management and Remediation Services subsector group establishments engaged in the collection, treatment, and disposal of waste materials. This includes establishments engaged in local hauling of waste materials; operating materials recovery facilities (i.e., those that sort recyclable materials from the trash stream); providing remediation services (i.e., those that provide for the cleanup of contaminated buildings, mine sites, soil, or ground water); and providing septic pumping and other miscellaneous waste management services. There are three industry groups within the subsector that separate these activities into waste collection, waste treatment and disposal, and remediation and other waste management.

North American Industry Classification System

The waste management and remediation services subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Waste Collection: NAICS 5621
  • Waste Treatment and Disposal: NAICS 5622
  • Remediation and Other Waste Management Services: NAICS 5629

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in waste management and remediation services. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

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2016
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2016
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2016
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2016

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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402.8 404.7 (P) 407.1 (P) 405.6

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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321.1 326.9 (P) 330.5  

Unemployment

 

Unemployment rate

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2.4% 6.3% 2.6% 3.2%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2015

Hazardous materials removal workers

33,300

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

27,290

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

65,470

Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners

14,670

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

55,490

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for waste management and remediation services.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in waste management and remediation services.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2016
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2016
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Average hourly earnings

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$25.25 $25.12 $25.10 (P) $25.24

Average weekly hours

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41.7 41.4 41.6 (P) 41.8

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2016
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2016
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2016

Average hourly earnings

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$21.55 $21.33 $21.35 (P) $21.44

Average weekly hours

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41.6 41.2 41.6 (P) 41.6

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2015
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Hazardous materials removal workers

19.03 21.04 39,590 43,770

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

11.61 12.71 24,140 26,430

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

16.40 17.13 34,110 35,630

Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners

15.92 16.82 33,110 34,990

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

18.45 19.75 38,380 41,080

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in waste management and remediation services. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2011 2012 2013 2014

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

75 65 63 71

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2014

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

 

Total recordable cases

5.1

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

3.4

Cases involving days away from work

2.2

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.2

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in waste management and remediation services.

Establishments

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2015
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2015

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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(P) 27,151 (P) 27,183 (P) 27,290 (P) 27,318

Local government

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(P) 1,156 (P) 1,155 (P) 1,155 (P) 1,152

State government

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(P) 4 (P) 4 (P) 9 (P) 8

Federal government

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(P) 26 (P) 26 (P) 25 (P) 25

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: June 28, 2016