Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
123,160 1.8 % $16.55 $34,420 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.92 $11.45 $15.52 $20.52 $26.69
Annual Wage (2) $18,560 $23,820 $32,280 $42,680 $55,510


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 50,780 35.71 $16.05 $33,380
Local Government (OES Designation) 47,000 0.85 $17.11 $35,590
Waste Treatment and Disposal 14,730 15.35 $17.83 $37,080
Employment Services 4,240 0.14 $13.45 $27,970
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 3,100 2.50 $15.66 $32,580

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 50,780 35.71 $16.05 $33,380
Waste Treatment and Disposal 14,730 15.35 $17.83 $37,080
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 3,100 2.50 $15.66 $32,580
Local Government (OES Designation) 47,000 0.85 $17.11 $35,590
Employment Services 4,240 0.14 $13.45 $27,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 140 0.02 $24.64 $51,250
State Government (OES Designation) 440 0.02 $19.27 $40,080
Management of Companies and Enterprises 240 0.01 $19.06 $39,650
Waste Treatment and Disposal 14,730 15.35 $17.83 $37,080
Local Government (OES Designation) 47,000 0.85 $17.11 $35,590


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 14,170 1.01 1.05 $20.28 $42,180
New York 11,150 1.32 1.38 $23.77 $49,440
Pennsylvania 6,140 1.11 1.15 $15.56 $32,370
Texas 5,700 0.55 0.58 $13.62 $28,330
Ohio 5,560 1.12 1.16 $16.23 $33,760




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 650 2.23 2.33 $13.18 $27,420
Maine 1,070 1.86 1.94 $12.44 $25,880
South Carolina 3,100 1.75 1.82 $11.85 $24,660
Alabama 2,830 1.56 1.63 $13.28 $27,630
Arkansas 1,590 1.39 1.45 $12.20 $25,380




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 11,150 1.32 1.38 $23.77 $49,440
Nevada 1,330 1.19 1.24 $22.46 $46,720
Washington 2,360 0.87 0.90 $21.61 $44,960
Illinois 4,160 0.75 0.78 $21.49 $44,690
California 14,170 1.01 1.05 $20.28 $42,180





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 7,510 1.48 1.55 $26.00 $54,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,490 1.17 1.22 $19.92 $41,430
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,780 1.53 1.59 $16.39 $34,080
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,520 0.70 0.73 $24.63 $51,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,330 1.01 1.05 $18.14 $37,730
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,210 0.99 1.03 $15.31 $31,840
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,760 1.27 1.32 $16.59 $34,510
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,720 1.42 1.48 $24.35 $50,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,570 0.92 0.95 $16.59 $34,510
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,330 0.52 0.54 $12.57 $26,140




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)
Jackson, MI 150 3.01 3.14 $12.31 $25,600
Dothan, AL 170 2.97 3.09 $10.97 $22,810
Topeka, KS 280 2.64 2.75 $13.53 $28,150
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 140 2.57 2.68 $13.44 $27,950
Florence, SC 190 2.46 2.56 $11.24 $23,380
Lincoln, NE 360 2.28 2.37 $14.15 $29,430
Gainesville, GA 160 2.28 2.38 $10.92 $22,710
Mobile, AL 380 2.24 2.33 $14.36 $29,860
Hot Springs, AR 80 2.22 2.31 $11.95 $24,870
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,270 2.18 2.28 $16.10 $33,500