Refuse & recyclable material collectors

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2019 Workforce
81.9k
Average Age
41.3
Estimated Job Growth
8.83%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$31,918
Average Male Salary
$32,277
Average Female Salary
$28,964

About

Refuse & recyclable material collectors are most often employed by the Waste management & remediation services industry. The average yearly wage for Refuse & recyclable material collectors was $31,918 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Refuse & recyclable material collectors by wage are Pharmacy technicians, Military enlisted tactical operations & air/weapons specialists & crew members, and Retail salespersons.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Refuse & recyclable material collectors are Tottenville, Great Kills & Annadale PUMA, NY, Forest Park City, White Oak, Bridgetown & Finneytown PUMA, OH, and Subsistence Alaska PUMA, AK. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Refuse & recyclable material collectors are Tottenville, Great Kills & Annadale PUMA, NY, Forest Park City, White Oak, Bridgetown & Finneytown PUMA, OH, and Subsistence Alaska PUMA, AK.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Refuse & recyclable material collectors and on wages and locations for those in the field. Waste management & remediation services is the industry that employs the most Refuse & recyclable material collectors, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Refuse & recyclable material collectors, by average wage, is Construction. Refuse & recyclable material collectors are paid most in East Flatbush, Farragut & Rugby PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Tottenville, Great Kills & Annadale PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$31,918
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,193

In 2019, Refuse & recyclable material collectors earned an average of $31,918, $23,606 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Retail salespersons make somewhat more than Refuse & recyclable material collectors while Pharmacy technicians make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Refuse & recyclable material collectors as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.392
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Refuse & recyclable material collectors had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.392, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Refuse & recyclable material collectors (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Refuse & recyclable material collectors.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Refuse & recyclable material collectors

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Refuse & recyclable material collectors.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Refuse & recyclable material collectors, by average wage, are Construction, Landscaping services, and Waste management & remediation services.

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Industries by Share

81.9k
2019 Workforce
± 7,026
−10%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 13.1%

The number of people employed as Refuse & recyclable material collectors has been declining at a rate of −10%, from 91,054 people in 2018 to 81,935 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Refuse & recyclable material collectors employed by various industries. Waste management & remediation services employs the largest share of Refuse & recyclable material collectors at  68%, followed by Recyclable material merchant wholesalers with 4.81% and Bakeries & tortilla manufacturing, except retail bakeries with 2.75%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Refuse & recyclable material collectors in the US. The average age of male Refuse & recyclable material collectors in the workforce is 41.4 and of female Refuse & recyclable material collectors is 40.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Refuse & recyclable material collectors is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

73.1k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 6,634
8.88k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,314

89.2% of Refuse & recyclable material collectors are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Refuse & recyclable material collectors.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Refuse & recyclable material collectors
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

45.4% of Refuse & recyclable material collectors are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 20.6% of Refuse & recyclable material collectors, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Refuse & recyclable material collectors.

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Age by Gender

41.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.33
40.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.89

The median age of Refuse & recyclable material collectors is 41.3, and Male employees are generally 1.06 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Refuse & recyclable material collectors from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Refuse & recyclable material collectors is Business but a relatively high number of Refuse & recyclable material collectors hold a major in Business.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Refuse & recyclable material collectors from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Refuse & recyclable material collectors need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking, Operation and Control, and Operation Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Refuse & recyclable material collectors need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Operation and Control.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors are expected to see a growth of 8.83% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors.
8.83%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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