Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $29K, nearly one in three of overall earnings for Tow Truck Drivers arrives through commissions. Earnings generally vary between $9.04 per hour and $16.67. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Around one in three enjoy medical while about one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-tenth. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$18,431 - $51,364
(Median)
$18K
$30K
$51K
MEDIAN: $29,882
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$9.04 - $16.67
(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
$18,431 - $51,364  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,043  
Commission
$52.36 - $13,455  
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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$19,999 - $45,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.04 - $16.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $2.26  
Overtime
$12.15 - $24.27  
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 - $1,043  
   
Commission
$52.36 - $13,455  
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).
)
$19,999 - $45,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 403
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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 takers who work as Tow Truck Drivers usually report a few specific skills. Driver/Core Development and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


For Tow Truck Drivers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. For Tow Truck Drivers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $32K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $35K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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 12%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$29,000

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

National Average
$29,000

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 7%

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
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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