Refuse and salvage collectors supervise and undertake the collection and processing of refuse from household, commercial and industrial premises.


  • Attends the operation of refuse tips, supervises the use of public refuse disposal facilities, and compacts and covers up refuse at landfill sites.
  • Collects scrap metal, salvage, paper and other recyclable material from domestic and industrial premises, and sorts material in preparation for recycling.
  • Returns dustbins or other containers to premises.
  • Empties refuse into vehicle manually or using an electronic tipping device.
  • Carries waste material in dustbins or other containers from premises to refuse vehicle.
  • Rides in or on refuse vehicle and alights to pick up domestic refuse.

Typical Education Level

Level 1 NVQ; GCSE at grades D-G

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 21% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£16,829 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for refuse or salvage occupation is £16,829

1,613 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,613. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for refuse or salvage occupation roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £16,829 per year. That is about £1,402 per month or £8.63 per hour. New workers generally start on £17,016, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £47,638

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,613 people are employed in the region.

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