Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

53-7081 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors



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

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 1209$19.24/hr$11.79/hr$14.51/hr$19.91/hr$23.62/hr$26.63/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
ManufacturingN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services1,740$20.32/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration200$19.97/hr
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/A$15.46/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 40$19.80/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 90$22.92/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 90$20.76/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 100$19.35/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 110$20.81/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 110$17.70/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 120$19.91/hr5.4%
Southeast Balance of State 120$20.27/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 160$21.75/hr12.8%
Southeast Minnesota 190$18.96/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 280$16.86/hr13.0%
Central Minnesota 340$21.67/hr3.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 920$20.96/hr1.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,070$21.24/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,960$20.30/hr5.7%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Light Truck Drivers 15,680$18.75/hr5.6%
Tree Trimmers and Pruners 530$26.91/hrN/A
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 35,150$23.84/hr6.4%


  • Refuel trucks or add other fluids, such as oil or brake fluid.
  • Fill out defective equipment reports.
  • Inspect trucks prior to beginning routes to ensure safe operating condition.
  • 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.
  • Operate equipment that compresses collected refuse.
  • Operate automated or semi-automated hoisting devices that raise refuse bins and dump contents into openings in truck bodies.
  • Clean trucks or compactor bodies after routes have been completed.
  • Communicate with dispatchers concerning delays, unsafe sites, accidents, equipment breakdowns, or other maintenance problems.