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.

$40,411 - $203,322
(Median)
$40K
$98K
$200K
MEDIAN: $98,389
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$12.29 - $78.54
(Median)
$12
$24
$79
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$40,411 - $203,322  
   
Bonus
$8,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$38,716 - $202,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 157
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $78.54  
   
Overtime
$21.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$8,500  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$38,716 - $202,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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.

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Truck Owner / Operator Tasks

  • Navigate across highways and urban environments using roads appropriate for vehicle and cargo.
  • Communicate effectively with dispatches and loaders to enable clear understanding of timelines and delivery loads.
  • Maintain dual focus of safety and route efficiency.

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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.

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Experience Affects Truck Owner / Operator Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$96,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 37%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 24%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
medical benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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