Truck Owner / Operator Salary
Truck Owners and Operators in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and a little more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $99K annually, but may range from $41K to $203K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Slightly less than a fifth enjoy medical while about a tenth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in ten. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
|Salary||$47,441 - $200,951|
|Total Pay (||$40,723 - $202,576|
|Hourly Rate||$12.13 - $81.54|
|Total Pay (||$40,723 - $202,576|
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.
Pay by Experience Level for Truck Owner / Operator
Pay by Experience for a Truck Owner / Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Truck Owner / Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 64 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Truck Owner / Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 49 salaries. An experienced Truck Owner / Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 51 salaries. A Truck Owner / Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 43 salaries.
Key Stats for Truck Owner / Operator
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