Waste Management (WM) is a large corporation that was founded in 1968 in Texas. The company’s 50+ year history has led to operations across the United States and revenue of over $14 billion per year.
The publicly traded company serves over 21 million customers and has a fleet of 26,000 vehicles, making it the country’s largest waste industry fleet.
How Much Do Waste Management Drivers Make?
Waste Management continues to grow as a company because waste disposal grows along with the population. The company is known for offering good benefits and routes that are close to home.
Waste Management Pay
In total, we combined over 4,800 driver surveys and reports on their actual earnings with Waste Management.
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Over 4,000 salaries were provided through Indeed.com, with the average salary being $18.94 per hour, or $757 a week.
Careerbliss has the average driver earning $31,000 per year, which is a few percentage points below competitor pay rates.
Payscale has the salary of $14.48 to $26.76, so you can move up in the company and expect to increase well beyond the average hourly pay offered.
Waste Management Benefits
When you become part of the Waste Management team, you’ll start receiving great benefits. There are a lot of postings offering driver bonuses of $1,000 to $5,000, but these bonuses seem to change based on location.
Key benefits that you’ll receive as a driver for Waste Management are:
- Nightly and weekend home time
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Annual allowance for: boots, uniforms, protective eye wear and safety vests
- 90 days of paid vacation
- 401(K) retirement account with company match
- Stock purchase program
- Discount programs
- Opportunities for career advancement
Drivers claim that working for Waste Management is hard work, but the pay is good, with yearly increases and long hours. Vacation time is also praised by drivers.
What Your Responsibilities Will Be, and What is Expected of You
Drivers are expected to hold a Class A Commercial Driver’s License and also have their air-brake endorsement. You must be at least 21 years old to drive for the company and also be eligible to work in the United States.
You will need one year or more of experience driving vehicles that require a CDL, or you can use your military equivalent experience to satisfy this requirement.
There are some positions, and they’ll be labeled when applying for the position, that will require a CDL license, but they will not have an experience requirement. These positions are primarily for the following:
- Collection of waste and recyclables from residential areas
- Transport of materials to the transfer station or recycling center
Other positions include you driving to landfills to drop off the waste. These positions that take you to landfills will require you to have experience in most cases.
The Roll Off Route positions are the ones that seem to have the best sign-on bonuses and will require experience. No information on pay is listed on the company’s career page, so it’s difficult to assess what the difference in salary is between these two popular positions within Waste Management.
Waste Management Employee Reviews
The company has tens of thousands of employees, and there’s not a lot of turnover, which means that the employees are happy in their positions. There’s a good management team in place, and coworkers often become friendly with one another, adding to the work environment.
Benefits are good, and you’ll rarely find any complaints about the company’s benefit packages.
You will find plenty of complaints relating to the following:
- Trucks are not in the best condition, and in some areas, the trucks don’t have air conditioning or heating that works properly.
- A driver in Maryland states that every morning you’ll be subjected to watching videos of driver failure for training, although it’s more discouraging than anything else.
- Management, like with every company, seems to be a hit or miss, with some people praising management and other despising the management team.
Even people that have left the company claim that they liked working for Waste Management so much that they would come back in the future. It’s not a bad place to work, but a lot of drivers see Waste Management as a stepping stone to move into another position.
You can use the experience that you gain for working for WM and apply it to higher paying positions for CDL drivers.
Waste Management will work you hard, but they do offer good benefits and slightly lower than average pay. The company has a massive, growing fleet, and while they have demanding hours, you’ll have nightly and weekend time home.