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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 14011$17.98/hr$10.85/hr$14.70/hr$18.36/hr$20.79/hr$24.18/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services1,430$19.45/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration210$17.51/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/A$18.62/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 70$13.06/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 70$19.90/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 80$21.41/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 110$18.40/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 120$18.97/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 130$20.30/hr12.8%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 130$19.91/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 140$18.36/hr5.4%
Southeast Minnesota 150$18.57/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 270$15.32/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 270$16.59/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 280$19.19/hr3.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 660$21.66/hr1.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 780$21.86/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,650$19.31/hr5.7%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services 16,070$18.68/hr5.6%
Tree Trimmers and Pruners 620$27.66/hrN/A
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer 34,860$23.42/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.