Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
126,360 1.6 % $16.50 $34,310 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.00 $11.67 $15.69 $20.18 $25.75
Annual Wage (2) $18,730 $24,270 $32,640 $41,980 $53,560


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 51,410 36.95 $16.18 $33,660
Local Government (OES Designation) 47,690 0.85 $16.66 $34,650
Waste Treatment and Disposal 17,790 18.70 $18.26 $37,980
Employment Services 3,370 0.13 $12.91 $26,860
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 2,270 1.90 $14.99 $31,190

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 51,410 36.95 $16.18 $33,660
Waste Treatment and Disposal 17,790 18.70 $18.26 $37,980
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 2,270 1.90 $14.99 $31,190
Local Government (OES Designation) 47,690 0.85 $16.66 $34,650
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 590 0.22 $14.15 $29,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 150 0.02 $24.57 $51,110
State Government (OES Designation) 470 0.02 $19.14 $39,810
Waste Treatment and Disposal 17,790 18.70 $18.26 $37,980
Local Government (OES Designation) 47,690 0.85 $16.66 $34,650
Other Support Services 140 0.05 $16.36 $34,020


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 15,390 1.10 1.11 $20.17 $41,950
New York 11,310 1.36 1.36 $23.85 $49,600
Texas 7,170 0.71 0.72 $14.33 $29,810
Pennsylvania 5,810 1.06 1.07 $16.29 $33,880
Ohio 5,730 1.16 1.17 $15.90 $33,080




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)
Vermont 540 1.87 1.88 $13.16 $27,360
Maine 1,010 1.75 1.76 $12.61 $26,220
South Carolina 2,970 1.70 1.71 $11.87 $24,700
Alabama 2,900 1.60 1.61 $13.41 $27,890
North Dakota 550 1.55 1.56 $13.70 $28,510




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 11,310 1.36 1.36 $23.85 $49,600
Washington 2,020 0.75 0.75 $21.94 $45,640
Illinois 3,610 0.65 0.66 $20.74 $43,140
California 15,390 1.10 1.11 $20.17 $41,950
Alaska 240 0.79 0.79 $20.01 $41,620

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,400 1.69 1.70 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,070 1.07 1.07 $19.99 $41,590
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,290 1.04 1.05 $14.50 $30,160
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,280 1.26 1.27 $17.89 $37,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,100 0.92 0.92 $17.75 $36,920
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,090 0.59 0.59 $22.81 $47,450
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,890 0.76 0.76 $15.11 $31,430
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,720 1.02 1.03 $20.40 $42,430
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,650 1.37 1.38 $23.72 $49,330
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,550 1.13 1.13 $14.99 $31,180




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)
Lewiston, ID-WA 70 2.88 2.90 $16.58 $34,480
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 110 2.67 2.68 $22.04 $45,850
Topeka, KS 270 2.52 2.54 $13.94 $28,990
Columbus, IN 100 2.49 2.50 $17.70 $36,810
Dothan, AL 130 2.42 2.44 $10.90 $22,670
Rocky Mount, NC 130 2.31 2.32 $11.24 $23,370
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 120 2.21 2.22 $13.13 $27,300
Mobile, AL 360 2.13 2.14 $14.48 $30,120
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,250 2.13 2.14 $15.75 $32,750
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 340 2.09 2.10 $16.85 $35,050




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,070 1.12 1.13 $26.81 $55,770
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,530 1.61 1.62 $24.07 $50,070
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,650 1.37 1.38 $23.72 $49,330
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,090 0.59 0.59 $22.81 $47,450
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 170 0.69 0.69 $22.58 $46,960
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 970 0.72 0.72 $22.43 $46,650
Peoria, IL 90 0.54 0.54 $22.09 $45,960
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 110 2.67 2.68 $22.04 $45,850
Napa, CA (8) (8) (8) $21.62 $44,960
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 810 0.65 0.66 $21.49 $44,710

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 870 2.30 2.31 $12.58 $26,170
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 500 4.51 4.53 $10.94 $22,750
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 470 3.59 3.61 $10.89 $22,660
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 450 1.54 1.55 $9.90 $20,580
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 420 2.23 2.25 $12.89 $26,800

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 130 5.05 5.08 $16.22 $33,750
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 500 4.51 4.53 $10.94 $22,750
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 220 3.89 3.91 $9.51 $19,790
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 470 3.59 3.61 $10.89 $22,660
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 50 3.52 3.54 $19.55 $40,660

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 1.24 1.25 $22.57 $46,940
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.85 0.86 $22.50 $46,800
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.76 $45,260
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.40 1.41 $19.83 $41,240
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 70 1.46 1.46 $19.66 $40,890


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011