Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
115,130 1.6 % $18.71 $38,920 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.30 $13.12 $17.39 $22.90 $30.15
Annual Wage (2) $21,420 $27,300 $36,160 $47,640 $62,720


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 54,120 31.37 $17.88 $37,200
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 38,970 0.71 $19.48 $40,510
Waste Treatment and Disposal 14,890 15.62 $20.94 $43,560
Employment Services 2,230 0.06 $13.95 $29,010
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,980 1.41 $16.73 $34,800

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 54,120 31.37 $17.88 $37,200
Waste Treatment and Disposal 14,890 15.62 $20.94 $43,560
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,980 1.41 $16.73 $34,800
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 38,970 0.71 $19.48 $40,510
Employment Services 2,230 0.06 $13.95 $29,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service (federal government) 160 0.03 $23.91 $49,730
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 410 0.02 $23.05 $47,940
Waste Treatment and Disposal 14,890 15.62 $20.94 $43,560
Support Activities for Mining 60 0.02 $19.85 $41,280
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 38,970 0.71 $19.48 $40,510


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 13,020 0.78 0.97 $24.93 $51,860
New York 8,900 0.97 1.20 $27.06 $56,280
Texas 8,440 0.71 0.88 $16.39 $34,090
Florida 5,540 0.66 0.81 $17.05 $35,470
Ohio 4,850 0.90 1.12 $17.37 $36,130




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)
West Virginia 1,000 1.45 1.80 $12.75 $26,510
Vermont 410 1.34 1.66 $15.80 $32,860
Maine 790 1.32 1.63 $13.59 $28,260
New Hampshire 800 1.23 1.52 $16.02 $33,320
Arkansas 1,450 1.21 1.50 $13.30 $27,660




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 8,900 0.97 1.20 $27.06 $56,280
Illinois 4,210 0.71 0.88 $25.18 $52,370
California 13,020 0.78 0.97 $24.93 $51,860
Washington 1,960 0.62 0.76 $22.50 $46,800
District of Columbia 680 0.95 1.18 $21.65 $45,020



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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 7,370 1.10 1.36 $27.80 $57,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,280 0.74 0.92 $26.28 $54,660
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,090 1.05 1.30 $16.04 $33,360
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,150 0.85 1.06 $18.04 $37,520
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,070 0.57 0.70 $26.90 $55,960
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,800 1.41 1.74 $17.80 $37,020
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,710 0.86 1.07 $20.94 $43,560
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,630 0.62 0.77 $16.53 $34,390
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,440 1.06 1.31 $14.92 $31,040
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,310 1.15 1.43 $29.18 $60,700


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 160 2.47 3.06 $18.61 $38,700
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 160 2.33 2.88 $14.41 $29,970
Hot Springs, AR 80 2.28 2.82 $10.53 $21,910
Albany, GA 130 2.21 2.73 $15.47 $32,180
Prescott, AZ 130 2.12 2.62 $17.70 $36,810
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 80 2.09 2.59 $15.58 $32,400
Charlottesville, VA 230 2.08 2.58 $18.65 $38,800
Dothan, AL 120 2.06 2.55 $14.47 $30,110
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 220 1.89 2.34 $26.82 $55,790
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 100 1.88 2.32 $13.97 $29,050