Recycling and Reclamation Workers

4.0/10 job score
AUTOMATION RISK
87%
risk level
POLLING
GROWTH
6%
by 2031
WAGES
$31,230
or $15.01 hourly
VOLUME
2,729,010
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 87% (Robots are watching)

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Recycling and Reclamation Workers' job openings is expected to rise 6% by 2031
'Recycling and Reclamation Workers' is expected to be a fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Recycling and Reclamation Workers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Recycling and Reclamation Workers' was $31,230, or $15.01 hourly
'Recycling and Reclamation Workers' are paid 31.8% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as recycling and reclamation workers?

As of 2021 there were 2,729,010 people employed as Recycling and Reclamation Workers within the United States.
This represents around 1.94% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 51 people are employed as Recycling and Reclamation Workers.

Job description

Prepare and sort materials or products for recycling. Identify and remove hazardous substances. Dismantle components of products such as appliances.

SOC Code: 53-7062.04

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