Tow Truck Driver Statistics in the US

The average employee age for tow truck drivers is 47 years. The tow truck driver workforce reached a whopping 31,154 in 2020!

Among tow truck drivers, we discovered that 5.5% of them are women, while 91.3% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among tow truck drivers is White, which makes up 65.6% of all tow truck drivers. Comparatively, there are 16.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.7% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of tow truck drivers are located in IL, Chicago and PA, Philadelphia.

Tow truck drivers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, tow truck drivers are more likely to find a job in the retail industry. Looking at tow truck driver statistics, we found was that Alaska, Minnesota, Washington, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are where tow truck drivers find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about tow truck driver demographics? We analyzed 6,789 tow truck drivers resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Tow Truck Driver Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as tow truck drivers. Keep reading to find out what the results for tow truck drivers were.

Tow Truck Driver Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among tow truck drivers is White, which makes up 65.6% of all tow truck drivers. Comparatively, there are 16.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.7% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 65.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 16.4%
  • Black or African American, 11.7%
  • Asian, 3.3%
  • Unknown, 2.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.9%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Tow Truck Drivers

The chart below shows that 80.5% of tow truck drivers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Portuguese at 3.4% and German is the third-most popular at 3.4%.

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

Most Common Degree for Tow Truck Driver

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for tow truck drivers. The most common degree for tow truck drivers is high school diploma. In fact, 62% of tow truck drivers earn that degree. A close second is diploma with 12% and rounding it off is associate degree with 11%.

Job Title
  • High School Diploma degree, 39%
  • Certificate degree, 35%
  • Associate degree, 10%
  • Diploma degree, 10%
  • Other Degrees, 6%

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 2008-2018 among tow truck drivers.

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

Tow Truck Driver Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
99%
97%
94%
92%
89%
87%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

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

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Tow Truck Driver

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%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

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 73% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

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

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

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Bus Matron13%83%
School Bus Attendant18%75%
School Bus Aide20%77%
Tow Truck Driver91%5%
Wrecker Operator93%2%
Diesel Truck Driver95%2%
Tank Wagon Driver96%4%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Tank Wagon Driver
Diesel Truck Driver
Wrecker Operator
Tow Truck Driver
School Bus Aide
School Bus Attendant
Bus Matron
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

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.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Forklift Truck Operator6.56%
Tow Truck Driver6.99%
School Bus Driver/Teacher Assistant7.91%
Switchman8.61%
Warehouseman8.85%
Delivery Coordinator12.00%
Assembly Line Driver13.50%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Tow Truck Driver?

male-income
Male Income
$35,257
female-income
Female Income
$32,660

Tow Truck Driver Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$36,767
$35,763
$34,759
$33,755
$32,752
$31,748
$30,744
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Tow Truck Driver Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Master's Degree$32,574
Bachelor's Degree$35,083
Some College/ Associate Degree$35,411
High School Diploma or Less$35,763

Tow Truck Driver Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$36,900
$35,763
$34,626
$33,490
$32,353
$31,216
$30,079
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

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 $45,093. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Tow Truck Drivers Earn The Most?

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

Where Are Tow Truck Drivers Located?

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

Number of Tow Truck Drivers

Tow Truck Driver Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ tow truck drivers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most tow truck drivers is the retail industry.

Company Size

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

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

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.

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Public

Private

Government

Industry Concentration

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 retail, hospitality and automotive.

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Retail

Hospitality

Automotive

Finance

Construction

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