Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
117,670 1.6 % $16.94 $35,230 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.03 $11.48 $15.83 $21.21 $27.77
Annual Wage (2) $18,770 $23,870 $32,930 $44,120 $57,760


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 52,610 35.33 $16.42 $34,150
Local Government (OES Designation) 43,550 0.80 $17.84 $37,110
Waste Treatment and Disposal 12,350 12.73 $17.53 $36,460
Employment Services 3,370 0.11 $13.15 $27,350
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 2,880 2.28 $15.86 $32,980

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 52,610 35.33 $16.42 $34,150
Waste Treatment and Disposal 12,350 12.73 $17.53 $36,460
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 2,880 2.28 $15.86 $32,980
Local Government (OES Designation) 43,550 0.80 $17.84 $37,110
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 460 0.15 $14.56 $30,270

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 $24.17 $50,280
State Government (OES Designation) 360 0.02 $17.93 $37,290
Local Government (OES Designation) 43,550 0.80 $17.84 $37,110
Waste Treatment and Disposal 12,350 12.73 $17.53 $36,460
Other Support Services 140 0.05 $17.48 $36,360


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 13,570 0.95 1.05 $20.31 $42,240
New York 12,040 1.41 1.56 $24.70 $51,380
Ohio 5,610 1.11 1.23 $16.64 $34,620
Pennsylvania 5,560 0.99 1.10 $15.82 $32,900
Texas 5,130 0.49 0.54 $13.52 $28,120




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 590 2.02 2.24 $14.28 $29,690
South Carolina 3,010 1.67 1.85 $11.61 $24,140
Maine 960 1.64 1.82 $13.17 $27,390
New York 12,040 1.41 1.56 $24.70 $51,380
Alabama 2,550 1.40 1.55 $13.28 $27,620




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 12,040 1.41 1.56 $24.70 $51,380
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $24.24 $50,420
Illinois 4,200 0.74 0.82 $21.97 $45,700
Washington 1,870 0.68 0.75 $21.73 $45,190
Oregon 1,640 1.02 1.13 $20.70 $43,050





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 8,060 1.56 1.73 $27.27 $56,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,290 1.11 1.23 $20.06 $41,730
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,730 0.75 0.83 $24.09 $50,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,070 0.88 0.98 $18.21 $37,880
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,830 1.49 1.65 $24.30 $50,540
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,790 0.98 1.09 $17.19 $35,750
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,760 0.78 0.86 $15.09 $31,380
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,680 0.96 1.06 $17.66 $36,730
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,680 1.19 1.31 $19.28 $40,100
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,190 0.94 1.05 $16.48 $34,280