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Refuse and Recyclable Material Collector Salary Information

The salary statistics of refuse and recyclable material collectors are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of refuse and recyclable material collectors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The refuse and recyclable material collectors annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collector Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,650
25th Percentile Wage
$26,090
50th Percentile Wage
$35,270
75th Percentile Wage
$46,650
90th Percentile Wage
$60,500

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for refuse and recyclable material collectors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) refuse and recyclable material collectors is $60,500. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $35,270. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,650. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 192% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of refuse and recyclable material collectors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201635,2704.17%6.63%
201533,8000.41%-
201433,6602.79%-
201332,720-0.64%-
201232,930--

Table 2. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collector Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of refuse and recyclable material collectors in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for refuse and recyclable material collectors occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $50,210. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $23,810).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$50,210
Federal, State, and Local Government
$35,920
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$35,090
Transportation and Warehousing
$34,550
Educational Services
$32,480
Manufacturing
$30,230
Health Care and Social Assistance
$25,600
Retail Trade
$24,830
Wholesale Trade
$23,810

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors by States

From the above tables we note that not only refuse and recyclable material collectors salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of refuse and recyclable material collectors in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,260 to $55,780. The highest paying state for refuse and recyclable material collectors is New York with a median annual salary of $55,780. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,260. For more salary information of refuse and recyclable material collectors profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New York
$55,780
California
$48,050
Illinois
$47,260
Washington
$46,240
Oregon
$45,010
Rhode Island
$44,150
District of Columbia
$43,600
Alaska
$42,810
Delaware
$42,120
Hawaii
$41,680
Connecticut
$41,540
Arizona
$39,850
Colorado
$38,830
Minnesota
$38,800
Nevada
$38,040
Michigan
$37,870
Massachusetts
$37,830
New Jersey
$37,610
Montana
$37,390
Wyoming
$35,840
Utah
$35,410
Ohio
$34,480
New Mexico
$34,360
Idaho
$34,310
Pennsylvania
$33,690
Florida
$33,580
Wisconsin
$33,420
Texas
$33,130
Indiana
$33,050
New Hampshire
$31,930
North Dakota
$30,980
Oklahoma
$30,850
Vermont
$30,810
Kentucky
$30,200
Kansas
$29,670
Nebraska
$29,170
Georgia
$29,010
Alabama
$28,240
Missouri
$28,110
Maryland
$27,910
North Carolina
$27,890
Maine
$27,480
Virginia
$26,860
Louisiana
$26,820
Mississippi
$26,170
Iowa
$25,940
Arkansas
$25,800
South Dakota
$25,090
Tennessee
$24,650
South Carolina
$23,400
West Virginia
$22,620
Guam
$19,930
Puerto Rico
$18,260


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