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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
Southeast Minnesota 18030$22.68/hr$15.50/hr$19.30/hr$20.42/hr$25.45/hr$31.84/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services1,900$24.13/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration240$23.81/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 30$19.70/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 60$24.85/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 70$20.42/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 80$24.23/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 100$23.98/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 120$24.46/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 140$24.26/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 180$20.42/hr5.7%
Northeast Minnesota 190$24.35/hr4.9%
Southwest Minnesota 230$19.73/hr5.0%
Southwest Balance of State 240$19.94/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 250$23.81/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 310$23.81/hr6.3%
Central Minnesota 320$20.06/hr6.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 910$24.18/hr6.5%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,110$24.18/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,150$24.13/hr6.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Light Truck Drivers 17,800$24.20/hr6.3%
Tree Trimmers and Pruners 390$22.23/hr6.8%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 36,460$25.82/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.