Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors (53-7081)

Occupation description:  Collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 273293 7.32 79
United States 131,500140,900 7.1940 3,3104,240

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 18.129.9312.54 16.9522.4329.09
Alaska 21.1414.6316.92 20.5826.1829.11
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 23.5515.5419.42 25.2428.2130.00
Southeast Region 19.4713.6615.60 19.3622.9626.37
Balance of State **15.60 *22.96*

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.


Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
37533 8.836.7 28.3
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation92
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation31
UI claimants previously working in occupation54
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 192
Number of job position postings 100
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 1.9

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: No formal educational credential Work experience: None On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training