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Working as a Solid Waste Engineer

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a solid waste engineer. For example, did you know that they make an average of $32.41 an hour? That's $67,407 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 5% and produce 2,900 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Solid Waste Engineer Do

There are certain skills that many solid waste engineers have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed analytical skills, math skills and mechanical skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a solid waste engineer, we found that a lot of resumes listed 24.3% of solid waste engineers included landfill, while 22.4% of resumes included hazardous materials, and 14.5% of resumes included solid waste. 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 solid waste engineer job title. But what industry to start with? Most solid waste engineers actually find jobs in the government and utilities industries.

How To Become a Solid Waste Engineer

If you're interested in becoming a solid waste engineer, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 17.4% of solid waste engineers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 12.8% of solid waste engineers have master's degrees. Even though some solid waste engineers 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 solid waste engineer. When we researched the most common majors for a solid waste engineer, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on solid waste engineer resumes include master's degree degrees or associate degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a solid waste engineer. In fact, many solid waste engineer jobs require experience in a role such as cashier. Meanwhile, many solid waste engineers also have previous career experience in roles such as driver or internship.

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Average Salary$67,407
Job Growth Rate5%

Solid Waste Engineer Jobs

Average Salary for a Solid Waste Engineer

Solid Waste Engineers in America make an average salary of $67,407 per year or $32 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $94,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $47,000 per year.
Average Salary
$67,407

Best Paying Cities

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Solid Waste
Solid Waste
Spherion
Spherion
08/25/2020
08/25/2020
$20,87008/25/2020
$20,870
Water Quality/Solid Waste Engineer (Staff Engineer)
Water Quality/Solid Waste Engineer (Staff Engineer)
Idaho Division of Human Resources
Idaho Division of Human Resources
08/02/2020
08/02/2020
$51,54208/02/2020
$51,542
Solid Waste Permitter
Solid Waste Permitter
Colorado State
Colorado State
05/26/2020
05/26/2020
$65,79605/26/2020
$65,796
Solid Waste Engineer-Engineer Principal
Solid Waste Engineer-Engineer Principal
State of Minnesota
State of Minnesota
03/27/2020
03/27/2020
$67,54603/27/2020
$67,546
Solid Waste Program Engineer
Solid Waste Program Engineer
Polk County
Polk County
03/04/2020
03/04/2020
$66,70603/04/2020
$66,706

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Solid Waste Engineer Demographics

Gender

male

79.4 %

female

16.1 %

unknown

4.6 %

Ethnicity

White

71.0 %

Asian

12.2 %

Hispanic or Latino

10.0 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0 %
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Solid Waste Engineer Education

Majors

Business
16.0 %

Degrees

High School Diploma

41.9 %

Bachelors

17.4 %

Masters

12.8 %

Top Colleges for Solid Waste Engineers

1. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

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

2. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

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

3. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

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

4. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

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

5. New York University

New York, NY

In-State Tuition
$51,828
Enrollment
26,339

6. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

In-State Tuition
$50,530
Enrollment
4,571

7. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

In-State Tuition
$14,760
Enrollment
31,451

8. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL

In-State Tuition
$15,094
Enrollment
32,974

9. Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

In-State Tuition
$12,424
Enrollment
15,201

10. SUNY at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

In-State Tuition
$10,099
Enrollment
21,404
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Entry Level Jobs For Becoming A Solid Waste Engineer

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Top Skills For a Solid Waste Engineer

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 24.3% of solid waste engineers listed landfill on their resume, but soft skills such as analytical skills and math skills are important as well.

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Top Solid Waste Engineer Employers

1. Lake Charles Human Resources
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$38,646
Solid Waste Engineers Hired: 
7+
2. HDR Engineering
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$70,120
Solid Waste Engineers Hired: 
4+
3. City of Temple
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$36,496
Solid Waste Engineers Hired: 
4+
4. City Of Atlanta Employee Benefits Office
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$38,685
Solid Waste Engineers Hired: 
2+
5. J.P.Mascaro & Sons
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$40,897
Solid Waste Engineers Hired: 
2+
6. Thomasville City of
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$37,082
Solid Waste Engineers Hired: 
2+

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Updated October 2, 2020