The salary for a garbage truck driver varies based on the city and state where the driver works. Salary may further be affected by the company that employs the driver.
Garbage truck drivers earned a median salary of $36,710 in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Beginning drivers can expect to earn less, while experienced drivers may earn more depending on location and amount of occupational experience. The top city for garbage collectors is Merced, Calif. In Merced, individuals in the waste management industry earn an average salary of $58,530, approximately $25,000 more than the average worker earns in the industry. Garbage collectors in New York and Santa Cruz, Calif. also earn more than average.