How Much Does a Trash Collector Make?


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According to U.S. News, trash collectors in the United States earn between about $18,770 and $57,760 per year, as of 2014. There is a range of salaries for trash collectors. The average salary for a trash collector is about $40,000.

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How Much Does a Trash Collector Make?
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There is a disparity between the top and bottom wage earners in the trash collecting industry. Some things that may contribute to this disparity include the financial strength of the employer, local employment market supply and demand, whether an employer is unionized, the amount of refuse in need of collection, and other factors. There is a trend toward privatization of public trash collecting agencies. Trash collectors are increasingly employed by private contractors instead of by municipal public works departments.

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