Truck Owner / Operator Salary
Men make up the majority of Truck Owners and Operators in the United States, bringing in about $98K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Around one in four enjoy medical while close to one-eighth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in eight. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Truck Owner / Operator
Professional truck owners/operators typically own semi-trailer trucks which may have a flatbed, box, tank, or other container to transport goods depending on what types of items are transported. Some materials may be hazardous, so the hazardous/tanker endorsement is often required.Read More...
Truck owners/operators are employed by companies which need products or raw materials to be transported from one place to another, and some work on a per-job, freelance basis. Hauling may be done in a local area, from one city to another, or even across the country, and owners/operators may earn commission for completing jobs on-time with the items in good condition. This job typically involves long hours and travel away from home for days or months, which may cause short- or long-term fatigue.
Prior driving experience (from driving school, prior jobs, or both), a valid commercial driver’s license, and a clean driving record are required for this position. Truck owners/operators may also personally load the goods so that their placement is safe and efficient and unload them upon reaching a destination, so physical abilities such as bending, stooping, and lifting heavy items are also required. Strong communication and customer service skills are highly beneficial, as truck owners/operators interact directly with clients, and a high school diploma or GED may also be a minimum requirement.
Truck Owner / Operator Tasks
- Maintain dual focus of safety and route efficiency.
- Communicate effectively with dispatches and loaders to enable clear understanding of timelines and delivery loads.
- Navigate across highways and urban environments using roads appropriate for vehicle and cargo.
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Pay by Experience Level for Truck Owner / Operator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $61K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $117K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Truck Owners and Operators make a median salary of $102K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $98K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.