What Garbage and Recycling Workers Earn in Every State

One man's trash is another man's paycheck. Here's how much people who do this dirty — and dangerous — job earn across the country.

51. South Carolina

Garbage worker in truck, seen from abovedegetzica / Shutterstock.com

Hourly mean wage: $12.14

Annual mean wage: $25,250

The Palmetto State brings up the rear in compensation for trash and recycling workers. Meanwhile, the cost of living in South Carolina falls at about the midpoint among states, .


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