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Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salary

Total annual pay for Tow Truck Drivers is approximately $28K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — more than a third on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. About one in three enjoy medical while about one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in ten. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$18,752 - $49,859
(Median)
$19K
$30K
$50K
MEDIAN: $29,719
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$8.74 - $16.37
(Median)
$8
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,752 - $49,859  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,009  
Commission
$195.74 - $15,319  
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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$19,804 - $45,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 162
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.74 - $16.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09 - $2.29  
Overtime
$12.08 - $23.82  
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$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,009  
   
Commission
$195.74 - $15,319  
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).
)
$19,804 - $45,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 370
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Truck Driver, Tow Truck

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $27K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $29K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Tow Truck Drivers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $31K. Tow Truck Drivers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $32K on average.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 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
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 66%