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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
121,330 1.8 % $19.90 $41,400 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.95 $13.89 $18.19 $24.15 $32.39
Annual Wage (2) $22,780 $28,880 $37,840 $50,240 $67,370


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 56,890 30.54 $19.04 $39,590
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 40,180 0.73 $20.68 $43,020
Waste Treatment and Disposal 15,560 15.55 $22.87 $47,560
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 2,590 1.63 $17.32 $36,030
Employment Services 2,460 0.07 $13.63 $28,350

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 56,890 30.54 $19.04 $39,590
Waste Treatment and Disposal 15,560 15.55 $22.87 $47,560
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 2,590 1.63 $17.32 $36,030
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 40,180 0.73 $20.68 $43,020
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 250 0.08 $15.29 $31,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 540 0.03 $25.20 $52,410
Postal Service (federal government) 160 0.03 $24.68 $51,330
Waste Treatment and Disposal 15,560 15.55 $22.87 $47,560
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 40,180 0.73 $20.68 $43,020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 110 (7) $19.67 $40,910


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 13,640 0.78 0.95 $27.16 $56,500
New York 10,370 1.09 1.32 $28.44 $59,150
Texas 8,830 0.71 0.86 $16.31 $33,920
Florida 7,420 0.84 1.02 $18.40 $38,270
North Carolina 6,470 1.45 1.76 $14.68 $30,530




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)
Arkansas 2,040 1.68 2.03 $14.88 $30,940
Wyoming 420 1.55 1.88 $18.44 $38,360
North Carolina 6,470 1.45 1.76 $14.68 $30,530
Alabama 2,510 1.27 1.54 $15.70 $32,660
West Virginia 860 1.23 1.49 $14.26 $29,660




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 4,100 0.68 0.82 $29.19 $60,710
New York 10,370 1.09 1.32 $28.44 $59,150
California 13,640 0.78 0.95 $27.16 $56,500
Washington 2,940 0.89 1.07 $26.24 $54,570
Connecticut 1,140 0.69 0.83 $22.40 $46,580





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 10,240 1.06 1.28 $28.52 $59,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,260 0.68 0.83 $28.65 $59,600
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,920 0.62 0.76 $30.75 $63,950
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,390 0.97 1.17 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,250 1.06 1.28 $19.25 $40,040
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 2,220 1.78 2.16 $15.75 $32,750
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,190 0.60 0.72 $16.20 $33,690
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,140 0.70 0.85 $16.48 $34,290
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,080 1.05 1.27 $21.06 $43,800
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,000 0.76 0.91 $20.04 $41,680