Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
114,680 1.5 % $18.12 $37,690 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.93 $12.54 $16.95 $22.43 $29.09
Annual Wage (2) $20,650 $26,090 $35,270 $46,650 $60,500


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 51,590 30.75 $17.26 $35,890
Local Government (OES Designation) 40,960 0.76 $19.20 $39,940
Waste Treatment and Disposal 14,270 15.04 $19.60 $40,770
Employment Services 2,520 0.07 $13.26 $27,590
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 2,360 1.69 $16.58 $34,490

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 51,590 30.75 $17.26 $35,890
Waste Treatment and Disposal 14,270 15.04 $19.60 $40,770
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 2,360 1.69 $16.58 $34,490
Local Government (OES Designation) 40,960 0.76 $19.20 $39,940
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 510 0.18 $13.47 $28,020

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 400 0.02 $22.46 $46,720
Postal Service 170 0.03 $22.42 $46,630
Waste Treatment and Disposal 14,270 15.04 $19.60 $40,770
Local Government (OES Designation) 40,960 0.76 $19.20 $39,940
Support Activities for Mining 40 0.01 $18.89 $39,300


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 13,850 0.87 1.06 $23.11 $48,080
New York 9,970 1.10 1.34 $26.39 $54,900
Texas 7,760 0.66 0.81 $16.11 $33,500
Ohio 6,190 1.16 1.42 $17.18 $35,730
Pennsylvania 5,310 0.92 1.13 $16.88 $35,100




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 1,040 1.75 2.14 $13.40 $27,870
Vermont 480 1.59 1.94 $15.46 $32,160
West Virginia 970 1.40 1.71 $11.52 $23,960
Arkansas 1,530 1.29 1.57 $13.10 $27,240
Ohio 6,190 1.16 1.42 $17.18 $35,730




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 9,970 1.10 1.34 $26.39 $54,900
Illinois 3,240 0.55 0.67 $24.14 $50,210
California 13,850 0.87 1.06 $23.11 $48,080
Washington 1,890 0.62 0.75 $22.28 $46,340
Rhode Island 370 0.77 0.95 $21.47 $44,670





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 1.24 1.52 $27.44 $57,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,480 0.82 1.01 $24.31 $50,560
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,420 0.83 1.01 $15.99 $33,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,170 0.87 1.07 $16.44 $34,200
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,130 0.59 0.72 $25.50 $53,050
Pittsburgh, PA 1,510 1.33 1.63 $17.31 $36,000
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,470 1.16 1.42 $17.27 $35,930
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,430 1.37 1.68 $17.25 $35,870
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,340 1.24 1.51 $29.55 $61,470
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,340 1.00 1.22 $14.60 $30,370