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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$58,590
75th Percentile Wage
$44,790
50th Percentile Wage
$33,660
25th Percentile Wage
$24,430
10th Percentile Wage
$19,480

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 $58,590. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $33,660. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,480. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 200% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $33,660 2.87%
2013 $32,720 -0.64%
2012 $32,930 2.01%
2011 $32,280 -1.10%
2010 $32,640 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for refuse and recyclable material collectors from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 3.12%. We note that in 2013 the average salary decreased by -0.64%.We also see the year 2012 had a salary increase 2.01% while year 2011 had a negtive growth of -1.10%.

Table 3. Average Salary of Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
$33,660
Mine Shuttle Car Operators
$55,000
Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders
$41,180
Other Material Moving Workers
$30,830
Conveyor Operators and Tenders
$31,220
Crane and Tower Operators
$50,720
Dredge, Excavating, and Loading Machine Operators
$40,650

Table 4. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collector Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of refuse and recyclable material collectors in 11 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. 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 professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $39,260. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $22,160).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$39,260
Federal, State, and Local Government
$34,560
Accommodation and Food Services
$34,030
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$33,280
Transportation and Warehousing
$32,680
Educational Services
$30,880
Manufacturing
$29,110
Health Care and Social Assistance
$27,930
Wholesale Trade
$27,570
Retail Trade
$24,830
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$22,160

Table 5. 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 $17,850 to $55,000. The highest paying state for refuse and recyclable material collectors is New York with a median annual salary of $55,000. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,850. 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
$55,000
Rhode Island
$49,090
Washington
$47,720
Oregon
$43,480
California
$42,730
Illinois
$42,070
Hawaii
$41,310
New Jersey
$40,960
Minnesota
$40,890
District of Columbia
$40,880
Connecticut
$40,460
Nevada
$39,730
Massachusetts
$38,570
Arizona
$38,510
Delaware
$38,340
Colorado
$35,350
Michigan
$35,340
Montana
$35,300
Alaska
$35,130
Ohio
$34,950
Wyoming
$34,600
Vermont
$33,650
Idaho
$32,960
Wisconsin
$32,100
Pennsylvania
$32,040
Indiana
$31,810
New Mexico
$31,110
Utah
$31,030
Maryland
$30,360
New Hampshire
$29,550
North Dakota
$29,050
Florida
$28,770
Texas
$28,590
Iowa
$28,460
Nebraska
$28,280
Georgia
$27,950
Kansas
$27,830
Oklahoma
$27,690
Kentucky
$27,660
Virginia
$27,590
Alabama
$27,500
Louisiana
$26,710
Maine
$26,660
Missouri
$26,320
North Carolina
$25,630
Arkansas
$24,860
Mississippi
$24,090
Tennessee
$23,940
West Virginia
$23,400
South Dakota
$23,100
South Carolina
$22,190
Puerto Rico
$17,850