Waste removal jobs pay relatively well, as the typical pay is above the 2015 federal minimum wage of $7.25. In 2014, the lowest-paid waste removal workers were the stock and material movers who earned an average of $12.27 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The highest-paid were the hazardous materials removal workers who made an average of $20.39 per hour. Truck drivers who haul the waste made about $19.43 per hour, while recyclable material collectors earned about $16.89 per hour. Septic tank and sewer pipe servicers made an average of $16.74 per hour.
Hazmat workers face good job prospects till 2022, with employment in the field expected to increase 14 percent as many workers leave the occupation or retire. To enter the profession, a person typically needs a high school diploma, OSHA training and on-the-job training. Some hazmat jobs require a license.