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Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salary (United States)

A large fraction of take-home pay for Tow Truck Drivers comes from commissions — close to two-fifths on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $28K. Around one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in seven collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Tow Truck Drivers is high. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salary (?
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$18,330 - $51,788
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MEDIAN: $29,862
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Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salary (?
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$8.71 - $16.51
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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  
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).
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$19,373 - $45,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 369
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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.
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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $32K in this role. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $32K by contrast. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, more than half land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

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
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Late-Career
up arrow 13%
Mid-Career
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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%