Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

53-7081 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

Collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
114,220 1.6 % $17.48 $36,370 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.55 $12.01 $16.25 $21.66 $28.27
Annual Wage (2) $19,860 $24,990 $33,800 $45,060 $58,790


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Collection 48,620 29.88 $16.64 $34,610
Local Government (OES Designation) 42,350 0.79 $18.45 $38,380
Waste Treatment and Disposal 13,880 14.75 $18.96 $39,430
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 2,970 2.14 $16.57 $34,460
Employment Services 2,950 0.08 $12.62 $26,250

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Collection 48,620 29.88 $16.64 $34,610
Waste Treatment and Disposal 13,880 14.75 $18.96 $39,430
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 2,970 2.14 $16.57 $34,460
Local Government (OES Designation) 42,350 0.79 $18.45 $38,380
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 550 0.19 $13.11 $27,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 180 0.03 $22.17 $46,120
State Government (OES Designation) 410 0.02 $21.47 $44,650
Waste Treatment and Disposal 13,880 14.75 $18.96 $39,430
Local Government (OES Designation) 42,350 0.79 $18.45 $38,380
Support Activities for Mining 50 0.01 $18.32 $38,100


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 13,920 0.90 1.08 $21.86 $45,470
New York 10,250 1.14 1.38 $25.15 $52,320
Texas 7,780 0.67 0.81 $15.09 $31,390
Ohio 6,450 1.22 1.47 $16.47 $34,260
Pennsylvania 5,000 0.88 1.06 $16.11 $33,500



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 990 1.68 2.03 $13.04 $27,130
Vermont 470 1.54 1.86 $15.86 $32,990
West Virginia 1,020 1.44 1.74 $11.60 $24,120
Arkansas 1,660 1.41 1.70 $12.52 $26,050
New Hampshire 780 1.23 1.49 $15.24 $31,690



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 10,250 1.14 1.38 $25.15 $52,320
Illinois 3,360 0.57 0.69 $23.56 $49,010
Washington 2,050 0.69 0.83 $23.30 $48,470
California 13,920 0.90 1.08 $21.86 $45,470
Rhode Island 390 0.83 1.00 $20.62 $42,890




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,150 1.26 1.52 $26.30 $54,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,490 0.85 1.03 $23.20 $48,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,170 0.90 1.08 $16.56 $34,440
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,150 0.60 0.73 $25.32 $52,670
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,000 0.68 0.82 $15.68 $32,620
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,700 1.61 1.94 $26.39 $54,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,600 0.64 0.78 $16.17 $33,640
Pittsburgh, PA 1,420 1.25 1.51 $16.66 $34,660
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,310 1.27 1.54 $16.34 $33,980
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,300 0.69 0.83 $21.87 $45,480