Updated August 22, 2022

Average Tow Truck Driver Salary

$38,555yearly

$18.54 hourly

Entry level Salary
$29,000 yearly
$29,000
10 %
$38,555
Median
$50,000
90 %

How much does a Tow Truck Driver make?

Tow truck drivers make $38,555 per year on average, or $18.54 per hour, in the United States. Tow truck drivers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $29,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $50,000.

Location impacts how much a tow truck driver can expect to make. Tow truck drivers make the most in Washington, Alaska, Minnesota, California, and North Dakota.

Highest Paying States For Tow Truck Drivers

The darker areas on the map show where tow truck drivers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Tow Truck Driver average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1Minnesota$46,274$22.254,766
2Wyoming$40,669$19.55511
3Washington$52,947$25.463,103
4Wisconsin$40,166$19.315,146
5Vermont$43,634$20.98427
6North Dakota$45,371$21.81325
7California$45,793$22.0216,485
8New Hampshire$44,351$21.32589
9Alaska$49,698$23.8972
10Rhode Island$42,037$20.21534
11Oregon$41,787$20.092,360
12Nevada$41,813$20.10735
13Montana$41,730$20.06511
14Utah$40,248$19.351,686
15Idaho$37,817$18.181,334
16Indiana$36,520$17.566,990
17West Virginia$35,609$17.121,523
18Illinois$36,818$17.7012,701
19South Dakota$38,382$18.45417
20New York$40,759$19.606,517
21Iowa$36,437$17.522,662
22Nebraska$37,778$18.16987
23Massachusetts$41,281$19.851,884
24Ohio$34,761$16.7112,476
25Texas$37,365$17.969,401
26Delaware$36,848$17.721,075
27Colorado$39,555$19.022,223
28Pennsylvania$35,740$17.189,236
29Michigan$35,532$17.085,678
30Missouri$36,828$17.713,353
31Georgia$35,995$17.319,924
32Hawaii$44,688$21.4854
33Maine$37,006$17.79583
34New Jersey$39,733$19.102,755
35Arizona$37,742$18.151,800
36Kentucky$32,934$15.833,555
37Tennessee$32,897$15.824,942
38Maryland$36,646$17.623,709
39Arkansas$33,123$15.922,049
40North Carolina$33,644$16.187,979
41Connecticut$36,758$17.671,430
42Oklahoma$34,208$16.451,618
43South Carolina$31,732$15.265,051
44District of Columbia$38,380$18.4595
45Virginia$34,803$16.735,421
46Mississippi$30,898$14.852,154
47New Mexico$32,281$15.521,472
48Kansas$32,272$15.521,937
49Louisiana$27,147$13.053,314
50Alabama$30,323$14.583,410
51Florida$30,888$14.854,110

Highest Paying Cities For Tow Truck Drivers

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Auburn, WA$53,068$25.51
2Oakland, CA$47,219$22.70
3Saint Paul, MN$46,240$22.23
4Urban Honolulu, HI$44,758$21.52
5Merrimack, NH$44,420$21.36
6Reno, NV$43,071$20.71
7Medford, MA$41,287$19.85
8Billings, MT$40,959$19.69
9Laramie, WY$40,159$19.31
10Belleville, NJ$40,037$19.25
11Denver, CO$39,554$19.02
12Phoenix, AZ$37,821$18.18
13Lincoln, NE$37,679$18.11
14Leander, TX$37,420$17.99
15Newington, CT$36,960$17.77

Tow Truck Driver Salary Details

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Average Tow Truck Driver Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Tow Truck Driver's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$50,000$4,167$24
75th Percentile$44,000$3,667$21
Average$38,555$3,213$19
25th Percentile$33,000$2,750$16
10th Percentile$29,000$2,417$14

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
CDL Driver$63,112$5,259$30.34784,044
Van Driver$36,254$3,021$17.43791,293
Driver$34,771$2,898$16.721,017,998
Mixer Driver$52,004$4,334$25.00990,295
Truck Driver-Over-The-Road$69,158$5,763$33.25689,630
Commercial Driver$46,852$3,904$22.531,016,123

Which Companies Pay Tow Truck Drivers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, City of Detroit and T N T Auto Co are the highest paying companies for tow truck drivers.
RankCompanyAverage SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
1City of Detroit$43,974$21.14
2T N T Auto Co$42,194$20.291
3Elite Service$42,194$20.291
4EntwistleCo$42,178$20.282
5Small Business Services$42,027$20.21
6Norwalk Auto Auction$41,895$20.142
7Rite Way Service$41,330$19.871
8United Road Towing$40,333$19.39
9AAA Systems$40,273$19.36
10Sellars$40,138$19.30
11Watson Windows$39,796$19.13
12AAA Northeast$39,523$19.004
13Buckhorn$39,145$18.821
14TRU TECH Systems$39,057$18.78
15AAA FACILITY SERVICES$38,801$18.6510
16Stuart Dean$38,020$18.28
17Sun Devil Fire$37,082$17.83
18AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah$36,848$17.7226
19AAA AUTO$36,144$17.38
20North Central Group$35,590$17.115

How Much Do Tow Truck Drivers Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a tow truck driver salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The transportation industry pays tow truck drivers an average salary of $39,670

  2. The automotive industry pay $38,270

  3. The lowest paying industry for tow truck drivers is the retail industry. Tow truck drivers in this industry earn an average salary of $36,098

Highest Paying Industries For Tow Truck Drivers

RankIndustryAverage SalaryHourly Rate
1Transportation$39,670$19.07
2Automotive$38,270$18.40
3Government$37,461$18.01
4Manufacturing$37,421$17.99
5Insurance$37,375$17.97
6Retail$36,098$17.35

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Tow Truck Driver Salary Trends

The salary for a tow truck driver can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. An accountant with 0-2 years of experience earns an average salary of $30,546, a mid-career professional with 3-6 years of experience makes $38,555 a year on average, and a senior level accountant with 7-12 years of experience enjoys an average annual salary of $47,553. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Average Tow Truck Driver Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Tow Truck Driver Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$38,600$18.54+4.0%
    2021$37,000$17.80+3.5%
    2020$35,700$17.18+2.7%
    2019$34,800$16.71+2.7%
    2018$33,800$16.26+2.6%

    Recently Added Tow Truck Driver Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    AAA Northern California, Nevada & UtahTow Truck DriverSan Rafael, CA07/23/2022$51,132
    Courtesy TowTow Truck DriverDaly City, CA07/21/2022$54,262
    Express Employment ProfessionalsTow Truck Driver (J969)Hermiston, OR07/14/2022$41,740
    Bigfoot StaffingTow Truck DriverPortland, OR07/08/2022$50,400
    Bigfoot StaffingTow Truck DriverPortland, OR07/08/2022$50,400
    Courtesy TowExperienced Tow Truck DriverDaly City, CA07/07/2022$54,262
    Mercury BroadbandTower Foreman-ST. JOE MO **Company Truck**No Travel**Saint Joseph, MO07/02/2022$41,740
    AAA Northern California, Nevada & UtahTow Truck DriverSan Rafael, CA07/02/2022$15,600
    AAA Mid AtlanticAAA Tow Truck DriverNew Castle, DE07/01/2022$39,131
    Mercury BroadbandTower Foreman-Topeka, KS **Company Truck**No Travel**Topeka, KS06/30/2022$41,740

    Tow Truck Driver Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Tow Truck Drivers The Most?

    Washington pays Tow Truck Drivers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $52,947 per year, or $25.46 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As A Tow Truck Driver?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Tow Truck Driver if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Alaska you should be paid close to $49,698 per year.

    What Type Of Tow Truck Driver Gets Paid The Most?

    Truck Driver-Over-The-Road gets paid the most. Truck Driver-Over-The-Road made a median salary of $69,158. The best-paid 10 percent make $81,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $58,000.

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