Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salary

Men make up the majority of Tow Truck Drivers in the United States, bringing in about $12.89 per hour. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Around one in three enjoy medical while one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one in seven. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,254 - $55,843
$19K
$35K
$56K
MEDIAN: $35,069
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$9.84 - $17.80
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,254 - $55,843  
   
Bonus
$489.36 - $5,135  
Commission
$48.94 - $20,608  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,817 - $48,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $17.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $3.93  
Overtime
$13.22 - $27.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$489.36 - $5,135  
   
Commission
$48.94 - $20,608  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,817 - $48,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 332

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Job Description for Truck Driver, Tow Truck

A truck driver, tow truck is a person who may typically serve different functions by moving cars and trucks. In some situations, the tow truck driver may be called upon by police to remove inoperable vehicles from an accident site in order to restore traffic flow. Tow truck drivers may also be utilized by private businesses or police to enforce parking laws by removing illegally parked or abandoned vehicles. Auto mechanics and roadside service providers will also typically contract with towing companies (or have their own tow truck drivers on staff) to assist motorists with disabled vehicles to transport them to shops for repair.

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Truck Driver, Tow Truck Tasks

  • Drive a tow truck and operate its machinery to move other vehicles in various states of malfunction.
  • Maintain tow truck and towing machinery regularly.
  • Provide basic repair and emergency road services, such as changing flat tires, unlock car doors, jump batteries, and assist with fuel.
  • Communicate with clients to understand their needs and determine how to transport the inoperable vehicles.
  • Receive and respond to service calls.

Common Career Paths for Truck Driver, Tow Truck


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Many Tow Truck Drivers advance their careers by becoming Heavy Truck Drivers, who report a slightly higher median income of $38K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Truck Driver, Tow Truck

Pay by Experience for a Truck Driver, Tow Truck has a positive trend. An entry-level Truck Driver, Tow Truck with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 298 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Truck Driver, Tow Truck with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 133 salaries. An experienced Truck Driver, Tow Truck which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 150 salaries. A Truck Driver, Tow Truck with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 41 salaries.

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Q: What is it like working as a Truck Driver, Tow Truck?

Truck Driver, Tow Truck in Annapolis:
"Long Hours, Low Pay."
Pros: Opportunity to make commission plus salary.
Cons: Little or no time to be a parent or household duties. Forget about dating.

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Key Stats for Truck Driver, Tow Truck

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

Experienced
▲2%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$32,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salaries

Disaster Recovery
▲32%

Recovery
▲5%


National Average
$32,000

CDL
▼4%

Training
▼18%

Driving
▼20%

Transport
▼25%

Driver/Core Development
▼26%

Mechanic
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
no benefits
None: 66%