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Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salary

A large fraction of take-home pay for Tow Truck Drivers comes from commissions — over a third on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $29K. Pay ranges from $8.95 per hour on the low end to $16.56 on the high end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly one-third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about a sixth collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$18,532 - $51,633
(Median)
$19K
$30K
$52K
MEDIAN: $29,875
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$8.95 - $16.56
(Median)
$9
$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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$18,532 - $51,633  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,045  
Commission
$198.66 - $13,517  
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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$19,908 - $45,584  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 170
National Hourly Rate 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$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.95 - $16.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $2.26  
Overtime
$12.13 - $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.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,045  
   
Commission
$198.66 - $13,517  
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).
)
$19,908 - $45,584  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 392
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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Driver/Core Development and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service and 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 $30K. On average, Tow Truck Drivers make $32K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Truck Driver, Tow Truck Reviews

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
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salaries

National Average
$29,000

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 7%

Customer Service
up arrow 9%

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
23%
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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