Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salary

A big portion of take-home pay for Tow Truck Drivers — nearly one-third, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $30K. Compensation ranges from $9.26 per hour on the lower end to $16.87 on the higher end. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one in six collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Tow Truck Drivers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$18,861 - $51,906
(Median)
$19K
$30K
$52K
MEDIAN: $30,167
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$9.26 - $16.87
(Median)
$9
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$18,861 - $51,906  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,495  
Commission
$35.00 - $14,200  
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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$20,336 - $45,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 197
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.26 - $16.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $2.04  
Overtime
$12.34 - $24.01  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,495  
   
Commission
$35.00 - $14,200  
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).
)
$20,336 - $45,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 424
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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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Survey results show that Tow Truck Drivers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Customer Service, Training, and Driver/Core Development can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Driver/Core Development and Training.

Pay by Experience Level for Truck Driver, Tow Truck

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


For many Tow Truck Drivers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $27K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $33K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $36K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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
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Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$30,000

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

Customer Service
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National Average
$30,000

Training
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Driver/Core Development
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
medical benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 68%
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