A report on BusinessInsider.com from December 2010 states that 315 New York City sanitation workers earned over $100,000. Along with salaries that increase quickly because of union membership, New York City sanitation workers have retirement and health benefits. They must pass a written and physical exam and are put on a waiting list before they are called to work for the city’s Department of Sanitation.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as of May 2010, the average salary of a sanitation worker in the United States was $34,310 per year, or $16.50 per hour. The 10th percentile made up to $18,730 per year, or $9.00 per hour, while the 25th percentile made up to $24,270 per year, or $11.67 per hour. The 75th percentile brought in $41,980 per year, or $20.18 per hour. The 90th percentile earned at least $53,560 per year, or $25.75 per hour.
State of New York
Sanitation workers in the state of New York earn an average salary of $49,600 per year, or $23.85 per hour, making New York the highest-paying state for this occupation in the country, according to the BLS as of May 2010.
New York City
New York City held the top spot among metropolitan areas in the nation for salary as well. The Bureau of Labor Statistics did not release the estimate of salaries for sanitation workers in New York City as of May 2010, but did report that it was higher than the second-highest metropolitan area of Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California, where the average salary was $41,590.
The Department of Sanitation for New York City states that the starting salary for a sanitation worker is $31,200 as of May 2011. The labor agreement as of that date allows for salary increases of up to $67,141 after 5.5 years of service. Sanitation workers are also paid differentials for their specific assignments and overtime.