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Occupational Employment Statistics


53-7081 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

Collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 29038$22.87/hr$15.96/hr$18.87/hr$20.45/hr$28.01/hr$30.34/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services1,610$23.76/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration270$23.44/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 30$21.10/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 50$22.63/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 60$22.35/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 70$22.13/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 100$25.94/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 110$17.62/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 130$23.96/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 150$19.68/hr4.9%
Southeast Minnesota 180$23.64/hr5.7%
Southwest Minnesota 210$23.93/hr5.0%
Southwest Balance of State 240$20.45/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 260$24.14/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 290$20.45/hr6.4%
Northwest Minnesota 310$24.14/hr6.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 720$24.36/hr6.5%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 880$24.49/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,890$23.76/hr6.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Light Truck Drivers 20,120$22.39/hr6.3%
Tree Trimmers and Pruners N/A$30.50/hr6.8%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 35,590$28.11/hr4.1%

  • Refuel trucks or add other fluids, such as oil or brake fluid.
  • Organize schedules for refuse collection.
  • Fill out defective equipment reports.
  • Provide quotes for refuse collection contracts.
  • Make special pickups of recyclable materials, such as food scraps, used oil, discarded computers, or other electronic items.
  • Inspect trucks prior to beginning routes to ensure safe operating condition.
  • Sort items set out for recycling and throw materials into designated truck compartments.
  • Tag garbage or recycling containers to inform customers of problems, such as excess garbage or inclusion of items that are not permitted.
  • Drive trucks, following established routes, through residential streets or alleys or through business or industrial areas.
  • Dump refuse or recyclable materials at disposal sites.