Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (more than a third on average) of overall compensation for Tow Truck Drivers, and the median take-home for this group lies near $28K. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.88 per hour and $16.51. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Tow Truck Drivers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one in three, and about a sixth earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$18,636 - $50,557
(Median)
$19K
$29K
$51K
MEDIAN: $29,284
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90%

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$8.88 - $16.51
(Median)
$8
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,636 - $50,557  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,479  
Commission
$195.74 - $13,685  
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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$19,853 - $45,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.88 - $16.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $2.25  
Overtime
$12.07 - $24.01  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,479  
   
Commission
$195.74 - $13,685  
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).
)
$19,853 - $45,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 379

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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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Customer Service and Driver/Core Development are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $27K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $29K. Tow Truck Drivers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $32K. Tow Truck Drivers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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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

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salaries

Customer Service
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National Average
$28,000

Driver/Core Development
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
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: 67%