Men make up the majority of Tow Truck Drivers in the United States, bringing in about $12.91 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Approximately one in three enjoy medical while nearly one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in seven. Work is enjoyable for Tow Truck Drivers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,706 - $54,121
$19K
$34K
$54K
MEDIAN: $34,398
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$9.76 - $17.86
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$18,706 - $54,121  
   
Bonus
$487.22 - $5,152  
Commission
$49.66 - $20,426  
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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$20,581 - $48,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $17.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.14 - $3.83  
Overtime
$12.60 - $27.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$487.22 - $5,152  
   
Commission
$49.66 - $20,426  
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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$20,581 - $48,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 351

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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 move into a Heavy Truck Driver role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $38K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Truck Driver, Tow Truck

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $29K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $32K. Tow Truck Drivers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $33K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $37K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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 67 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salaries

Disaster Recovery
up arrow 33%

Recovery
up arrow 6%


National Average
$31,000

CDL
up arrow 1%

Training
up arrow 17%

Driving
up arrow 21%

Transport
up arrow 24%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 25%

Mechanic
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
vision benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 67%
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