Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Tow Truck Drivers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $12.01 per hour. Pay begins at $8.71 per hour on the low end and climbs to $16.51 near the top. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; about a third claim both medical and dental insurance and less than 10 get vision coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salary (?
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$18,330 - $51,788
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $29,862
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Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salary (?
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$8.71 - $16.51
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$18,330 - $51,788  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
Commission
$126.17 - $20,000  
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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$19,373 - $45,514  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.71 - $16.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09 - $2.30  
Overtime
$12.35 - $23.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
   
Commission
$126.17 - $20,000  
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).
)
$19,373 - $45,514  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 369
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Job Description for Truck Driver, Tow Truck

  • 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.
At career start, salaries are typically $27K, which grows to $30K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $33K after 10 to 20 years. Following a couple decades of work, Tow Truck Drivers watch their salaries dip to an average of $33K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

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Experience Affects Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%
Late-Career
up arrow 13%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$28,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 66%
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