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How Much Junk Haulers Get Paid: Average Weekly Wage USA

By January 11, 2024 No Comments

Ever wonder how much a junk hauler earns in the United States? With tens of thousands of junk removal companies operating from Alaska to Florida and everywhere in between, there’s simply no one-size-fits-all answer, but we’ve gathered the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to give an impression of how much they generally earn.

We’ve already covered in great detail how much junk removal costs in the United States, but given that labor is perhaps one of the biggest expenses that any junk removal business (and indeed, most businesses) must account for, the expected wages can work as a sort of weathervane for how much a junk removal company should charge in order to stay out of the red and to earn some profit.

How Much Junk Haulers Get Paid: Average Weekly Wage USA Junk Removal Near Me

Census data vs salary reporting

The below findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics are general averages that may or not may reflect what employees of some of the major junk removal franchises get paid across the United States.

Some of the big national franchises pay their junk haulers around $12-$19 per hour or around $30,000 or more per year. Management and administrative positions can pay much more, perhaps around $60,000 per year.

Keep in mind that the below data may not be indicative of what you could expect to earn if you applied for a laborer job with one of these junk removal companies. In terms of self-employed junk haulers, the data may be closer to reality and could give you a rough impression of whether your wages paid (if you have employees or if you’re measuring your own revenue) are within the ballpark or not.

Junk hauler wages by geographic area

How much do junk haulers earn in various geographic areas of the United States? We’ve found that there is a high amount of variance, which can translate to higher or lower costs of labor and overall prices for junk removal.

Using the NAICS industry classifications NAICS 562111 (Solid waste collection) and NAICS 562119 (Other waste collection) and separating the BLS data by county, state, and MSA, our findings can be found below.

Note that many of the areas listed with a small amount of establishments can be considered statistical outliers and may not be reflective of the actual weekly earnings of a typical junk hauler.

Moreover, we have included the total quarterly wages location quotient given by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which represents the proportion of Q2 2023 wages for each NAICS industry classification compared to the national quotient (1). A quotient above 1 means that the industry classification has a greater share of total quarterly wages within that area than nationwide, whereas a quotient below 1 is the opposite.

Junk hauler wages by county

Junk removal average weekly wages for Q2 2023 are estimated for the two closest NAICS industry classifications (acting as a proxy) for counties across the United States.

For NAICS 562111, refer to the below table:

Rank County Quarterly Establishments Average Weekly Wage Total Quarterly Wages Location Quotient
1 Palm Beach County, Florida 53 $2,424 3.09
2 San Francisco County, California 21 $2,338 0.69
3 Mobile County, Alabama 32 $2,151 3.11
4 Oswego County, New York 6 $2,003 4.40
5 Unknown or Undefined, Minnesota 24 $1,993 0.38
6 Santa Clara County, California 53 $1,985 0.74
7 Unknown or Undefined, Florida 35 $1,962 0.45
8 San Mateo County, California 23 $1,885 0.74
9 Cherokee County, Georgia 14 $1,871 4.81
10 Nueces County, Texas 15 $1,863 3.82
U.S. Total 13,718 $1,287 1

Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages – Bureau of Labor Statistics

The counties with the highest weekly wages for solid waste collection establishments were Palm Beach County, Florida, San Francisco County, California, and Mobile County, Alabama, all earning nearly double the national average weekly wages. Many of the 640 counties observed had a small number of establishments and their data may be statistical outliers. Half of the observed counties had average weekly wages of $1,180 per week or less.

For NAICS 562119, refer to the below table:

Rank County Quarterly Establishments Average Weekly Wage Total Quarterly Wages Location Quotient
1 Nevada County, California 3 $3,384 2.95
2 Unknown or Undefined, Texas 7 $2,695 0.16
3 Pasco County, California 7 $1,944 1.91
4 Travis County, Texas 4 $1,921 0.24
5 Alameda County, California 11 $1,793 0.98
6 Harris County, Texas 10 $1,777 0.81
7 Worcester County, Massachusetts 9 $1,749 6.82
8 Multnomah County, Oregon 6 $1,662 2.96
9 Essex County, New Jersey 7 $1,556 3.19
10 Unknown or Undefined, Pennsylvania 6 $1,525 0.09
  U.S. Total 2,336 $1,125 1

Data source: ibid.

The data given for other waste collection establishments appears to mostly contain statistical outliers. Nevada County, California, for example, had reported average weekly wages of nearly three times the national average. Only 18 of the observed counties had 10 or more establishments listed. Half of all 78 counties observed had weekly earnings of $1,067 or less.

💡 Junk haulers in Palm Beach County, FL tend to earn the highest weekly wages

Junk hauler wages by state

The average weekly wages of junk haulers per state is again estimated by using the NAICS industry classifications 562111 and 562119 as proxies for junk removal businesses.

For NAICS 562111, refer to the below table:

Rank State Quarterly Establishments Average Weekly Wage Total Quarterly Wages Location Quotient
1 Massachusetts 275 $1,573 0.94
2 California 876 $1,529 0.92
3 Nevada 44 $1,504 1.19
4 New Hampshire 104 $1,493 1.43
5 New Jersey 247 $1,418 1.13
6 Florida 580 $1,415 1.54
7 Illinois 321 $1,403 0.61
8 Connecticut 168 $1,391 1.26
9 Colorado 270 $1,387 1.44
10 Washington 225 $1,381 0.81
U.S. Total 10,573 $1,287 1

Data source: ibid.

Solid waste collection establishments operating in Massachusetts, California, and Nevada tended to earn the highest average weekly wages. Of the 50 observed states (minus the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico), half of all solid waste collection establishments saw average weekly earnings of $1,171 or less.

For NAICS 562119, refer to the below table:

Rank State Quarterly Establishments Average Weekly Wage Total Quarterly Wages Location Quotient
1 Kansas 12 $1,535 2.88
2 Alabama 73 $1,494 3.93
3 Arkansas 14 $1,408 2.29
4 Oregon 19 $1,367 1.12
5 Nevada 13 $1,338 2.38
6 Georgia 69 $1,268 1.84
7 Indiana 45 $1,251 1.39
8 Oklahoma 23 $1,248 1.47
9 Mississippi 22 $1,232 1.31
10 California 251 $1,203 0.60
U.S. Total 2,336 $1,125 1

Data source: ibid.

For other waste collection establishments, the average weekly wage data are nearly completely different than from solid waste collection establishments. Here, other waste collection establishments earned the most in Kansas, Alabama, and Arkansas. Of the 36 observed states, half earned $1,096 per week or less.

Due to the greater sample size for solid waste collection establishments, we will assume that the data is more reflective of junk hauler earnings.

💡 Junk haulers in MA, CA and NV tended to earn the highest average weekly wages

Junk hauler wages by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

The average weekly wages of solid waste collection and other waste collection establishments were used as a proxy to estimate the approximate weekly wages of junk haulers across various MSAs in the United States.

For NAICS 562111, refer to the below table:

Rank Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) State(s) Quarterly Establishments Average Weekly Wage Total Quarterly Wages Location Quotient
1 Panama City FL 16 $2,362 7.02
2 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA 39 $1,996 0.81
3 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach FL 119 $1,886 1.48
4 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward CA 114 $1,842 0.98
5 Boulder CO 7 $1,750 1.08
6 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise NV 25 $1,680 1.53
7 Santa Rosa CA 14 $1,678 3.36
8 Napa CA 10 $1,615 2.89
9 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin IL-IN-WI 172 $1,576 0.58
10 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA 19 $1,563 1.85
U.S. Total 10,573 $1,287 1

Data source: ibid.

The Panama City, FL, Greater San Jose, CA, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach MSAs counties all ranked top in terms of average weekly wages for solid waste collection establishments. Half of all 174 observed counties earned $1,227 per week or less. Considering only MSAs with 100 or more establishments and within our top 10 list, the Miami, San Francisco, and Chicago MSAs had the highest weekly wages.

For NAICS 562119, refer to the below table:

Rank Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) State(s) Quarterly Establishments Average Weekly Wage Total Quarterly Wages Location Quotient
1 Tuscaloosa AL 4 $1,699 3.46
2 San Diego-Carlsbad CA 21 $1,479 0.70
3 Cleveland-Elyria OH 10 $1,454 3.52
4 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande CA 4 $1,420 7.82
5 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson IN 12 $1,396 1.10
6 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward CA 33 $1,390 0.55
7 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson MD 23 $1,386 1.93
8 Oklahoma City OK 11 $1,352 3.17
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell GA 44 $1,322 1.91
10 Austin-Round Rock TX 13 $1,319 1.83
U.S. Total 2,336 $1,125 1

Data source: ibid.

Again differing significantly from the solid waste collection industry establishments per MSA, the other waste collection establishments that ranked highest included the Tuscaloosa, AL, San Diego and Cleveland MSAs. These MSAs had a low number of establishments, however.

Of the 43 observed counties, half of all other waste collection establishments earned $955 per week or lower. Of the MSAs listed in the top 10 with 25 or more establishments, only the San Diego MSA was also found in the top 10 list for solid waste collection establishments.

We will assume that due to the greater consistency of data for solid waste collection, the former table is more reflective of approximate average weekly wages for junk haulers.

💡 Junk haulers in Panama City, FL tend to earn the highest average weekly wages

The quick n’ dirty on junk hauler wages in the US

In summary, how much do junk haulers earn in the US? Here’s the tl;dr:

Junk hauler wages by county, state and MSA:

The highest average weekly wages for solid waste collection establishments are located in:

  • Palm Beach County, Florida, San Francisco County, California, and Mobile County, Alabama.
  • Massachusetts, California, and Nevada.
  • Panama City, Florida, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach.

The highest average weekly wages for other waste collection establishments are located in:

  • Nevada County, California, Unknown or Undefined, Texas, and Pasco County, California
  • Kansas, Alabama, and Arkansas.
  • Tuscaloosa, AL, San Diego-Carlsbad, and Cleveland-Elyria.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that many metro areas and densely populated urban centers in California and (to a lesser extent) Florida tend to have higher wages for junk haulers. The high cost of living and taxes in states such as California mean that in order to survive as a business, junk removal companies must pay more.

Some less urbanized areas making the list may be statistical outliers or they may represent areas where junk removal businesses have little competition (low number of establishments) and can afford to pay higher wages to their employees.

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Adam

Adam

My role is to fact check original and engaging content published on the JunkGator website. I like to consider myself somewhat of an expert on eco-friendly waste management.