Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

risk level
Based on 60 votes
by year 2032
or $22.00 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

100% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

User poll

70% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 100% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors' job openings is expected to rise 5.4% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors' was $45,760, or $21 per hour

'Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors' were paid 4.8% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 135,430 people employed as 'Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors' within the United States.

This represents around 0.09% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors'.

Job description

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

SOC Code: 53-7081.00


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jim (Moderate) says
this is because the side loaders and front loaders have hydraulic systems but rear loader trucks no chance because you have to get out and manually throw the trash in
Jul 03, 2024 at 09:58 AM
Kuba Dabrowski (No chance) says
There will be no entertainment, Some kids now like 8yr olds will want a future job and robots are like Nope, we want you to be sitting on the couch being lazy and we will just do the job with no emotion!
Nov 27, 2019 at 03:50 PM
Louie Orsmton says
Oh no what will I do?
Mar 25, 2019 at 03:37 PM
john says
kill the robots skytech is taking over spread the word
Sep 20, 2019 at 09:43 PM

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