Owner operator trucking jobs are found at trucking companies, such as J.B. Hunt, Dart and Schneider. Each of these companies hires owner operator truck drivers for contract work. Owner operators are independent business owners, and are responsible for truck maintenance, fuel purchases and paying taxes on earnings.
Owner operator truck drivers choose what type of truck to drive and often have several options for choosing freight loads. Compensation plans for owner operators vary by company. Common benefits include sign-on bonus, paid base-plates, fuel discounts, permits and toll charges covered, maintenance and repair deals and access to ongoing freight hauling jobs. Companies such as Schneider offer individuals who don't own a truck the option to finance a new or refurbished truck. Basic requirements to land a contracting truck job include a minimum amount of Class A driving experience, valid commercial driver's license, a good work ethic and safe driving history.
Successful owner operators maintain positive working relationships with carrier companies, which leads to steadier work. Finding the best carrier to partner with requires doing upfront research, and deciding which carrier is the best overall fit. High driver turnover is a red flag indicating it's best to choose another carrier. Seek work with carriers who serve economically secure industries, and avoid industries where work dries up due to economic downturns.