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Working as a Recycling Worker

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a recycling worker. For example, did you know that they make an average of $17.29 an hour? That's $35,956 a year!

What Does a Recycling Worker Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a recycling worker, we found that a lot of resumes listed 41.1% of recycling workers included recyclable materials, while 21.6% of resumes included sort items, and 9.3% of resumes included high-grade metals. 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 worker job title. But what industry to start with? Most recycling workers actually find jobs in the retail and manufacturing industries.

How To Become a Recycling Worker

If you're interested in becoming a recycling worker, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 18.5% of recycling workers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 0.0% of recycling workers have master's degrees. Even though some recycling workers 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 worker. When we researched the most common majors for a recycling worker, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on recycling worker resumes include associate degree degrees or diploma degrees.

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

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Average Salary$35,956

Recycling Worker Jobs

Recycling Worker Career Paths

Top Careers Before Recycling Worker

Cashier
10.9 %

Top Careers After Recycling Worker

Cashier
8.9 %

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Average Salary for a Recycling Worker

Recycling Workers in America make an average salary of $35,956 per year or $17 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $61,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $21,000 per year.
Average Salary
$35,956

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Waste Recycling Worker
Waste Recycling Worker
Peopleready
Peopleready
11/29/2020
11/29/2020
$25,04411/29/2020
$25,044
Waste Recycling Worker
Waste Recycling Worker
Peopleready
Peopleready
11/29/2020
11/29/2020
$31,30511/29/2020
$31,305
Waste Recycling Worker
Waste Recycling Worker
Peopleready
Peopleready
11/29/2020
11/29/2020
$25,04411/29/2020
$25,044
Industrial Recycling Worker
Industrial Recycling Worker
Peopleready
Peopleready
11/20/2020
11/20/2020
$29,21811/20/2020
$29,218
Industrial Recycling Worker
Industrial Recycling Worker
Peopleready
Peopleready
11/19/2020
11/19/2020
$29,21811/19/2020
$29,218

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Recycling Worker Demographics

Gender

male

78.4 %

female

15.0 %

unknown

6.6 %

Ethnicity

White

63.5 %

Hispanic or Latino

17.9 %

Black or African American

10.0 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3 %

Chinese

16.7 %

Arabic

16.7 %
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Recycling Worker Education

Majors

Business
22.2 %

Degrees

High School Diploma

45.7 %

Bachelors

18.5 %

Certificate

16.0 %

Top Colleges for Recycling Workers

1. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

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

2. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

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

3. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

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

4. Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME

In-State Tuition
$13,478
Enrollment
979

5. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

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

6. California State University - Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

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

7. SUNY at Binghamton

Vestal, NY

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

8. Villanova University

Villanova, PA

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

9. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

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

10. Bentley University

Waltham, MA

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

1. Waste Management
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$40,245
Recycling Workers Hired: 
5+
2. Marlene & Nathan Addlestone Library - College of Charleston
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$41,108
Recycling Workers Hired: 
4+
3. Tomra North America
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$47,341
Recycling Workers Hired: 
3+
4. PeopleReady
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$28,082
Recycling Workers Hired: 
3+
5. City and County of Denver
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$39,539
Recycling Workers Hired: 
2+
6. Pratt Industries
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$38,670
Recycling Workers Hired: 
2+

Recently Added Recycling Worker Jobs

Updated October 2, 2020