Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salary

The median total income of Tow Truck Drivers is around $29K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (roughly a third, in fact) comes from commissions. Earnings sit near $9.00 per hour on the lower side but can approach $16.62 on the higher side. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-third, and about one in six earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$18,368 - $51,556

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$9.00 - $16.62

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$18,368 - $51,556  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,035  
Commission
$50.49 - $14,617  
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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$19,850 - $45,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.00 - $16.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $2.27  
Overtime
$12.24 - $24.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,035  
   
Commission
$50.49 - $14,617  
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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$19,850 - $45,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 401
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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

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

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Tow Truck Drivers usually report a few specific skills. Customer Service and Driver/Core Development are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Driver/Core Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Truck Driver, Tow Truck

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


For Tow Truck Drivers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $27K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $30K. Tow Truck Drivers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $32K. As Tow Truck Drivers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $35K.

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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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Experience Affects Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salaries

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$29,000

Driver/Core Development
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 32% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 66%
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