Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
116,460 1.7 % $16.96 $35,280 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.09 $11.42 $15.73 $21.19 $27.95
Annual Wage (2) $18,910 $23,750 $32,720 $44,070 $58,130


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 49,680 32.50 $16.18 $33,660
Local Government (OES Designation) 44,060 0.80 $18.07 $37,590
Waste Treatment and Disposal 12,760 13.29 $17.48 $36,360
Employment Services 3,300 0.10 $12.62 $26,240
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 2,960 2.32 $16.74 $34,820

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 49,680 32.50 $16.18 $33,660
Waste Treatment and Disposal 12,760 13.29 $17.48 $36,360
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 2,960 2.32 $16.74 $34,820
Local Government (OES Designation) 44,060 0.80 $18.07 $37,590
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 550 0.18 $13.71 $28,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $22.33 $46,440
Postal Service 160 0.03 $22.01 $45,780
State Government (OES Designation) 420 0.02 $19.52 $40,600
Local Government (OES Designation) 44,060 0.80 $18.07 $37,590
Waste Treatment and Disposal 12,760 13.29 $17.48 $36,360


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 14,010 0.95 1.08 $19.46 $40,470
New York 12,060 1.40 1.59 $25.02 $52,030
Texas 6,350 0.58 0.66 $13.48 $28,040
Ohio 5,480 1.07 1.22 $17.00 $35,360
Pennsylvania 4,850 0.86 0.98 $15.44 $32,110




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)
Vermont 590 1.99 2.27 $15.13 $31,470
Maine 890 1.53 1.74 $13.12 $27,290
Wyoming 400 1.42 1.61 $16.06 $33,410
South Carolina 2,570 1.41 1.60 $11.15 $23,190
New York 12,060 1.40 1.59 $25.02 $52,030




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 12,060 1.40 1.59 $25.02 $52,030
Washington 1,870 0.66 0.75 $23.95 $49,820
Nevada 1,280 1.11 1.26 $23.78 $49,450
Illinois 4,290 0.75 0.86 $21.40 $44,520
Oregon 1,680 1.02 1.16 $19.90 $41,390





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,950 1.52 1.73 $28.04 $58,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,830 0.96 1.10 $20.30 $42,230
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,840 0.77 0.87 $23.00 $47,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,120 0.90 1.02 $17.65 $36,720
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,920 0.83 0.95 $15.37 $31,970
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,840 1.03 1.17 $19.30 $40,150
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,800 0.98 1.11 $17.18 $35,740
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,630 1.12 1.28 $18.93 $39,370
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,520 1.23 1.40 $24.55 $51,070
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,340 0.48 0.55 $13.43 $27,930