Men represent the vast majority of Tow Truck Drivers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $12.85 per hour nationwide. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. About one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in five collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,345 - $54,254
(Median)
$19K
$34K
$54K
MEDIAN: $33,923
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$9.72 - $17.99
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,345 - $54,254  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $5,057  
Commission
$49.66 - $20,426  
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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$20,596 - $48,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $17.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.14 - $2.59  
Overtime
$12.57 - $27.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$300.00 - $5,057  
   
Commission
$49.66 - $20,426  
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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$20,596 - $48,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 353
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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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Advancing into a Heavy Truck Driver role seems to be a popular career move for Tow Truck Drivers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $38K per year.

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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.


Tow Truck Drivers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $28K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $31K. Tow Truck Drivers bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $38K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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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 4%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Truck Driver, Tow Truck Salaries

Disaster Recovery
up arrow 35%

Recovery
up arrow 7%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

CDL
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National Average
$31,000

Training
up arrow 16%

Driving
up arrow 18%

Transport
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Driver/Core Development
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Mechanic
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
0 %
Male
100 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
medical benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 67%
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