The average annual salary of a trucking owner/operator is $164,000. The salary increases with the level of experience. Moreover, the more equipment a trucking owner/operator owns, the more money he can make. It is possible, for example, for a trucking owner/operator to earn an annual salary of $235,000.
The salary a trucking owner/operator receives per year is subject to considerable reduction due to other payments that they have to make. For example, insurance can cost from $1,200 to $13,000 per year. Gas usually takes away 38 to 53 percent of the trucking owner/operator's gross income. Other costs that reduce the income of a trucking owner/operator at the end of the year include fuel taxes, maintenance and equipment.