Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for tow truck drivers in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 31,948 tow truck drivers currently employed in the United States.
  • 4.4% of all tow truck drivers are women, while 95.6% are men.
  • The average age of an employed tow truck driver is 47 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of tow truck drivers is White (58.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (20.2%), Black or African American (11.4%) and Unknown (4.8%).
  • Tow truck drivers are most in-demand in Phoenix, AZ.
  • The transportation industry is the highest-paying for tow truck drivers.
  • 4% of all tow truck drivers are LGBT.

Tow Truck Driver Statistics By Gender

4.4% of tow truck drivers are women and 95.6% of tow truck drivers are men.

  • Male, 95.6%
  • Female, 4.4%

Tow Truck Drivers By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male95.6%
Female4.4%

Gender Pay Gap For Tow Truck Driver

Women Earn 92¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$37,807
female-income
Female Income
$34,834

Tow Truck Driver Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the tow truck driver position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Tow Truck Driver Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201096.80%3.20%
201196.70%3.30%
201296.40%3.60%
201396.26%3.74%
201496.12%3.88%
201596.17%3.83%
201696.04%3.96%
201795.96%4.04%
201895.47%4.53%
201995.55%4.45%
202095.64%4.36%
202195.60%4.40%

Tow Truck Driver Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, diesel truck driver and tank wagon driver have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Bus Matron11%89%
Bus Escort18%82%
Bus Monitor19%81%
Tow Truck Driver96%4%
Wrecker Operator99%1%
Tank Wagon Driver99%1%
Diesel Truck Driver100%0%

Tow Truck Driver Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among tow truck drivers is White, which makes up 58.8% of all tow truck drivers. Comparatively, there are 20.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.4% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 58.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 20.2%
  • Black or African American, 11.4%
  • Unknown, 4.8%
  • Asian, 3.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.9%

Tow Truck Driver Race

Tow Truck Driver RacePercentages
White58.8%
Hispanic or Latino20.2%
Black or African American11.4%
Unknown4.8%
Asian3.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.9%

Tow Truck Driver Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among tow truck drivers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Tow Truck Driver Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201067.78%10.16%2.77%16.54%
201167.41%10.54%2.79%16.42%
201266.70%10.69%2.94%16.77%
201366.78%10.22%2.86%17.29%
201466.51%10.67%3.04%16.93%
201565.59%11.00%3.08%17.40%
201664.81%10.64%3.17%18.27%
201764.60%10.76%3.20%18.44%
201864.10%10.81%3.50%18.45%
201964.49%10.78%3.32%18.35%
202061.71%10.76%3.55%18.63%
202158.76%11.45%3.90%20.24%

Tow Truck Driver Wage Gap By Race

White tow truck drivers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian tow truck drivers have the lowest average salary at $37,586.
$39,000
$38,000
$37,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$37,865
White$38,097
Black or African American$37,680
Asian$37,586
Hispanic or Latino$37,808

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Average Age of a Tow Truck Driver

We determined the average age of tow truck drivers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Tow Truck Driver Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4944
Unknown4639.5
Asian4643
Hispanic or Latino4543
White5148
American Indian and Alaska Native49.547

Tow Truck Driver Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of tow truck driver employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of tow truck drivers is 40+ years old, which represents 72% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Tow Truck Driver Age

Tow Truck Driver YearsPercentages
40+ years72%
30-40 years19%
20-30 years9%

Types of Tow Truck Driver Degree Levels

The most common degree for tow truck drivers is high school diploma 57% of tow truck drivers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 15% and rounding it off is diploma with 14%.

  • High School Diploma, 57%
  • Associate, 15%
  • Diploma, 14%
  • Bachelors, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 9%

Tow Truck Drivers By Education

Tow Truck Driver DegreePercentages
High School Diploma57%
Associate15%
Diploma14%
Bachelors5%
Other Degrees9%

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Tow Truck Driver Wage Gap By Education

Tow truck drivers with a Associate degree earn more than those without, at $39,250 annually. With a Bachelors degree, tow truck drivers earn a median annual income of $38,939 compared to $38,691 for tow truck drivers with an High School Diploma degree.
$41,000
$40,000
$39,000
$38,000
$37,000
$36,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$38,691
Master's Degree$36,247
Bachelor's Degree$38,939
Some College/ Associate Degree$39,250

Tow Truck Driver Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where tow truck drivers work. We found most tow truck drivers work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most tow truck drivers is the automotive industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire tow truck drivers.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Tow Truck Driver Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees10%
50 - 100 employees23%
100 - 500 employees25%
500 - 1,000 employees15%
1,000 - 10,000 employees19%
> 10,000 employees8%

The Types Of Companies Tow Truck Driver Work In

Employees with the tow truck driver job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most tow truck drivers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Public

Private

Government

Tow Truck Driver Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Public13%
Private82%
Government5%

Top Industries Hiring Tow Truck Drivers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ tow truck drivers. Those industries include automotive, retail and professional.

Automotive

Retail

Professional

Hospitality

Manufacturing

Tow Truck Driver Turnover And Employment Statistics

Tow Truck Driver Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of tow truck drivers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Tow Truck Driver Unemployment Rate By Year

YearTow Truck Driver Unemployment Rate
201010.33%
20118.73%
20127.76%
20136.88%
20145.54%
20154.98%
20164.17%
20174.08%
20183.68%
20193.45%
20205.26%
20215.44%

The Average Number of Years That Tow Truck Driver Stay in a Job

By looking over 6,789 tow truck drivers resumes, we figured out that the average tow truck driver enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 34%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Tow Truck Driver Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year30%
1-2 years34%
3-4 years13%
5-7 years13%
8-10 years4%
11+ years6%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Tow Truck Drivers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to tow truck drivers.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Motor Operator1.73%26,419
Tow Truck Driver3.95%-
Wide Load Escort6.17%1,317
Trackless Trolley Driver8.69%34,103
School Bus Attendant8.77%67,375

Tow Truck Driver LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Motor Operator1.73%26,419
Wide Load Escort6.17%1,317
Trackless Trolley Driver8.69%34,103
School Bus Attendant8.77%67,375

Foreign Languages Spoken By Tow Truck Drivers

The most common foreign language among tow truck drivers is Spanish at 80.5%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Portuguese at 3.4% and German is the third-most popular at 3.4%.

  • Spanish, 80.5%
  • Portuguese, 3.4%
  • German, 3.4%
  • Carrier, 3.4%
  • French, 2.3%
  • Other, 7.0%

Tow Truck Driver Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish80.5%
Portuguese3.4%
German3.4%
Carrier3.4%
French2.3%
Other7.0%

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Tow Truck Driver Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a tow truck driver can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of tow truck drivers is $47,553. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Tow Truck Drivers Earn The Most?

Tow truck drivers earn the most in Washington, where the average tow truck driver salary is $52,947. The map here shows where tow truck drivers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Tow Truck Drivers?

By looking through more than 6,789 resumes, we found that the most popular places for tow truck drivers are Chicago, IL and Philadelphia, PA.

Number of Tow Truck Drivers

Number Of Tow Truck Driver Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1California16,485$45,793
2Illinois12,701$36,818
3Ohio12,476$34,761
4Georgia9,924$35,995
5Texas9,401$37,365
6Pennsylvania9,236$35,740
7North Carolina7,979$33,644
8Indiana6,990$36,520
9New York6,517$40,759
10Michigan5,678$35,532
11Virginia5,421$34,803
12Wisconsin5,146$40,166
13South Carolina5,051$31,732
14Tennessee4,942$32,897
15Minnesota4,766$46,274
16Florida4,110$30,888
17Maryland3,709$36,646
18Kentucky3,555$32,934
19Alabama3,410$30,323
20Missouri3,353$36,828
21Louisiana3,314$27,147
22Washington3,103$52,947
23New Jersey2,755$39,733
24Iowa2,662$36,437
25Oregon2,360$41,787
26Colorado2,223$39,555
27Mississippi2,154$30,898
28Arkansas2,049$33,123
29Kansas1,937$32,272
30Massachusetts1,884$41,281
31Arizona1,800$37,742
32Utah1,686$40,248
33Oklahoma1,618$34,208
34West Virginia1,523$35,609
35New Mexico1,472$32,281
36Connecticut1,430$36,758
37Idaho1,334$37,817
38Delaware1,075$36,848
39Nebraska987$37,778
40Nevada735$41,813
41New Hampshire589$44,351
42Maine583$37,006
43Rhode Island534$42,037
44Wyoming511$40,669
45Montana511$41,730
46Vermont427$43,634
47South Dakota417$38,382
48North Dakota325$45,371
49District of Columbia95$38,380
50Alaska72$49,698
51Hawaii54$44,688

Tow Truck Driver Demographics FAQs

How Many Tow Truck Driver Are There In The Us?

There are over 31,948 Tow Truck Drivers in the United States.

What Percentage Of Tow Truck Drivers Are Black?

11.4% of Tow Truck Drivers are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Tow Truck Drivers?

Most a are White, with 58.8% of Tow Truck Drivers belonging to this ethnicity. 20.2% of Tow Truck Drivers are Hispanic or Latino, 11.4% of Tow Truck Drivers are Black or African American, 4.8% of Tow Truck Drivers are Unknown, 3.9% of Tow Truck Drivers are Asian, and 0.9% of Tow Truck Drivers are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Tow Truck Driver Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Tow Truck Driver jobs are male - dominated. 95% of Tow Truck Drivers are male, and 4% are female, so there are more male Tow Truck Drivers than female Tow Truck Drivers in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Tow Truck Driver?

The average Tow Truck Driver is 48 years old. 72% of Tow Truck Drivers are 40+ years old or older, 19% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 9% are between 20-30 years old

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