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Average Salary
$43,441
Average Salary
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Recycling Specialist Careers

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a recycling specialist. For example, did you know that they make an average of $20.89 an hour? That's $43,441 a year!

What Does a Recycling Specialist Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a recycling specialist, we found that a lot of resumes listed 18.0% of recycling specialists included customer service, while 17.6% of resumes included recyclable materials, and 16.3% of resumes included plastic bottles. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the recycling specialist job title. But what industry to start with? Most recycling specialists actually find jobs in the manufacturing and hospitality industries.

How To Become a Recycling Specialist

If you're interested in becoming a recycling specialist, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 18.1% of recycling specialists have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 1.6% of recycling specialists have master's degrees. Even though some recycling specialists have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a recycling specialist. When we researched the most common majors for a recycling specialist, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on recycling specialist resumes include associate degree degrees or diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a recycling specialist. In fact, many recycling specialist jobs require experience in a role such as cashier. Meanwhile, many recycling specialists also have previous career experience in roles such as warehouse worker or customer service representative.

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Average Salary
$43,441
Average Salary
Job Openings
824
Job Openings

Recycling Specialist Career Paths

Top Careers Before Recycling Specialist

Cashier
13.8 %

Top Careers After Recycling Specialist

Cashier
11.1 %

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Average Salary for a Recycling Specialist

Recycling Specialists in America make an average salary of $43,441 per year or $21 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $71,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $26,000 per year.
Average Salary
$43,441

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyascdescCompanyascdescStart DateascdescSalaryascdesc
Recycling and Waste Minimization Specialist
Recycling and Waste Minimization Specialist
State of Michigan
State of Michigan
01/14/2021
01/14/2021
$59,10401/14/2021
$59,104
Recycling Specialist
Recycling Specialist
Randstad
Randstad
01/13/2021
01/13/2021
$32,34901/13/2021
$32,349
Recycling Specialist
Recycling Specialist
Freight Handlers, Inc.
Freight Handlers, Inc.
11/20/2020
11/20/2020
$31,30511/20/2020
$31,305
Recycling & Waste Reduction Specialist
Recycling & Waste Reduction Specialist
State of North Carolina
State of North Carolina
05/27/2020
05/27/2020
$36,67705/27/2020
$36,677
Recycling & Waste Reduction Specialist
Recycling & Waste Reduction Specialist
State of North Carolina
State of North Carolina
03/06/2020
03/06/2020
$36,67703/06/2020
$36,677

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Recycling Specialist Demographics

Gender

male

78.6 %

female

16.3 %

unknown

5.2 %

Ethnicity

White

59.9 %

Hispanic or Latino

19.9 %

Black or African American

11.4 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0 %

French

12.5 %

Portuguese

6.3 %
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Recycling Specialist Education

Majors

Business
20.4 %

Degrees

High School Diploma

34.9 %

Certificate

23.1 %

Bachelors

18.1 %

Top Colleges for Recycling Specialists

1. Stanford University

Stanford, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

2. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

3. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL • Private

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

4. Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME • Public

In-State Tuition
$13,478
Enrollment
979

5. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

6. California State University - Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$7,309
Enrollment
9,142

7. SUNY at Binghamton

Vestal, NY • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,808
Enrollment
13,990

8. Villanova University

Villanova, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,308
Enrollment
6,819

9. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$7,488
Enrollment
30,018

10. Bentley University

Waltham, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$49,880
Enrollment
4,177
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Top Recycling Specialist Employers

1. Tomra North America
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$39,169
Recycling Specialists Hired: 
12+
2. Waste Management
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$27,372
Recycling Specialists Hired: 
7+
3. Savers
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$46,073
Recycling Specialists Hired: 
6+
4. Macy's
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$90,719
Recycling Specialists Hired: 
4+
5. Goodwill Industries
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$66,014
Recycling Specialists Hired: 
4+
6. Clean Harbors
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$34,279
Recycling Specialists Hired: 
4+
Updated October 2, 2020