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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,420
25th Percentile Wage
$27,300
50th Percentile Wage
$36,160
75th Percentile Wage
$47,640
90th Percentile Wage
$62,720

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 $62,720. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $36,160. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,420. 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 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of refuse and recyclable material collectors from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$36,160
2.46% 8.93%
2016
$35,270
4.17% -
2015
$33,800
0.41% -
2014
$33,660
2.79% -
2013
$32,720
-0.64% -
2012
$32,930
- -

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

The average salaries of refuse and recyclable material collectors in 13 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 other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $21,580).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$50,210
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$44,480
Mining
$42,290
Transportation and Warehousing
$38,320
Federal, State, and Local Government
$36,430
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$36,130
Accommodation and Food Services
$34,810
Educational Services
$32,430
Manufacturing
$30,730
Health Care and Social Assistance
$27,990
Wholesale Trade
$26,620
Retail Trade
$24,830
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$21,580

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 $18,200 to $56,690. The highest paying state for refuse and recyclable material collectors is New York with a median annual salary of $56,690. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,200. 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
$56,690
Illinois
$52,930
California
$50,470
Washington
$46,490
District of Columbia
$46,010
Oregon
$44,340
Alaska
$43,560
Connecticut
$43,340
Arizona
$42,070
Minnesota
$40,590
Massachusetts
$39,960
Michigan
$39,490
Wisconsin
$39,430
Delaware
$38,460
Rhode Island
$38,400
Nevada
$38,350
Colorado
$38,310
Hawaii
$37,390
Pennsylvania
$37,210
Montana
$36,660
New Mexico
$35,950
Utah
$35,920
Wyoming
$35,850
Florida
$35,080
Ohio
$34,960
North Dakota
$34,660
Texas
$33,790
Indiana
$33,710
New Jersey
$33,460
Oklahoma
$32,450
Idaho
$31,940
Vermont
$31,880
New Hampshire
$31,740
Missouri
$31,590
Iowa
$30,310
Georgia
$30,120
Kansas
$29,900
Alabama
$29,770
North Carolina
$29,320
Virginia
$29,220
Louisiana
$28,340
Maryland
$28,280
Nebraska
$27,730
Maine
$27,480
Kentucky
$26,830
Arkansas
$26,440
South Dakota
$26,340
Tennessee
$26,200
Mississippi
$26,070
West Virginia
$24,720
South Carolina
$23,620
Guam
$19,930
Puerto Rico
$18,200



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