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How Much Does an Owner/Operator Earn In The United States?

Owner/Operator Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$206,000
$139,000
$206,000
$305,000
The average owner/operator makes about $206,613 per year. That's $99.33 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $139,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $305,000. Many of owner/operators seem to be drawn to transportation and retail companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case owner/operators tend to work at professional, finance, and hospitality companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Hawaii, Idaho and Wyoming pay owner/operators the highest salaries.
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Where Owner/Operators Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where owner/operators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Owner/Operators Earn In Different Cities?

While an owner/operator can average a salary of $206,613 per year, or $99.33 per hour, there are many opportunities for owner/operators to make more. For example, in Minneapolis, MN you might make $214,169 per year. Other high-paying locations include Omaha, NE, Salt Lake City, UT and Wichita, KS. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Minneapolis, MN where the average starting salary is $91,000. The highest paying states for owner/operators include Hawaii, Idaho and Wyoming. Meanwhile, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary
Minneapolis, MN
Salary Range137k - 334k$214k$214,169
Omaha, NE
Salary Range149k - 292k$209k$208,968

Salt Lake City, UT

Salary Range153k - 275k$206k$205,897
Wichita, KS
Salary Range149k - 277k$203k$203,291
Henderson, NV
Salary Range151k - 272k$203k$203,010

Rockford, IL

Salary Range130k - 295k$197k$196,520
Kansas City, MO
Salary Range139k - 271k$194k$194,410
Des Moines, IA
Salary Range134k - 273k$192k$191,998
Phoenix, AZ
Salary Range142k - 258k$192k$191,970
Oklahoma City, OK
Salary Range139k - 256k$189k$188,981
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$334k

High Paying Owner/Operator Jobs

Which Companies Pay Owner/Operators The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as an owner/operator, being employed by a company such as Lineage Logistics or XPO Logistics would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Roadrunner Transportation Systems and Forward also report highly competitive salaries for owner/operators.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Lineage Logistics
Salary Range202k - 286k$241k$240,609
XPO Logistics
Salary Range159k - 277k$211k$210,508
Roadrunner Transportation Systems
Salary Range177k - 222k$198k$198,484
Forward
Salary Range184k - 204k$194k$194,222
Updike
Salary Range137k - 237k$181k$180,647
Pace Payment Systems
Salary Range137k - 231k$178k$178,183
Pilot Freight Services
Salary Range129k - 229k$173k$172,501
Rush Trucking
Salary Range143k - 200k$169k$169,410
Carrier
Salary Range115k - 229k$163k$162,914
Gulf International
Salary Range115k - 223k$161k$160,595
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    How Much Do Owner/Operators Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, owner/operator salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that professional, finance, and hospitality companies tend to offer much higher salaries for owner/operators. For example, owner/operators make a whopping average salary of $165,926 while working for professional companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $134,518 at finance companies and $126,275 at hospitality companies. But owner/operators may want to avoid working in the retail industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $107,623.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Professional

    Salary Range131k - 209k$166k$165,926

    Finance

    Salary Range101k - 178k$135k$134,518

    Hospitality

    Salary Range95k - 167k$126k$126,275

    Internet

    Salary Range101k - 150k$123k$123,368

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range88k - 169k$122k$122,223

    Transportation

    Salary Range79k - 159k$113k$112,724

    Retail

    Salary Range77k - 149k$108k$107,623
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    $209k

    How Experience Affects Owner/Operator Salaries

    The salary for an owner/operator can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Owner/Operator Salaries

    Location
    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Owner Operator
    Owner Operator
    Fort Worth, TX
    Fort Worth, TX
    01/30/2021
    01/30/2021
    $208,700
    $208,700
    01/30/2021
    In-Terminal Services
    In-Terminal Services
    Owner Operator
    Owner Operator
    Owner Operator
    Fort Worth, TX
    Fort Worth, TX
    01/28/2021
    01/28/2021
    $208,700
    $208,700
    01/28/2021
    Requested Personnel
    Requested Personnel
    AVG Week Local Class A CDL Owner Operators
    AVG Week Local Class A CDL Owner Operators
    AVG Week Local Class A CDL Owner Operators
    Humble, TX
    Humble, TX
    01/20/2021
    01/20/2021
    $125,220
    $125,220
    01/20/2021
    RCA
    RCA
    Owner Operators
    Owner Operators
    Owner Operators
    Cleveland, OH
    Cleveland, OH
    01/20/2021
    01/20/2021
    $104,350
    $104,350
    01/20/2021
    Safeway Logistics
    Safeway Logistics
    200K+ Flatbed Owner Operators
    200K+ Flatbed Owner Operators
    200K+ Flatbed Owner Operators
    Indianapolis, IN
    Indianapolis, IN
    12/31/2020
    12/31/2020
    $200,000
    $200,000
    12/31/2020
    Safeway Logistics
    Safeway Logistics
    200K+ Flatbed Owner Operators
    200K+ Flatbed Owner Operators
    200K+ Flatbed Owner Operators
    Charlotte, NC
    Charlotte, NC
    12/31/2020
    12/31/2020
    $200,000
    $200,000
    12/31/2020
    Safeway Logistics
    Safeway Logistics
    200K+ Flatbed Owner Operators
    200K+ Flatbed Owner Operators
    200K+ Flatbed Owner Operators
    Boise, ID
    Boise, ID
    12/31/2020
    12/31/2020
    $200,000
    $200,000
    12/31/2020
    200K+ Flatbed Owner Operators
    200K+ Flatbed Owner Operators
    Bridgeport, CT
    Bridgeport, CT
    12/31/2020
    12/31/2020
    $200,000
    $200,000
    12/31/2020
    200K+ Flatbed Owner Operators
    200K+ Flatbed Owner Operators
    Lancaster, SC
    Lancaster, SC
    12/31/2020
    12/31/2020
    $200,000
    $200,000
    12/31/2020
    200K+ Flatbed Owner Operators
    200K+ Flatbed Owner Operators
    Little Rock, AR
    Little Rock, AR
    12/31/2020
    12/31/2020
    $200,000
    $200,000
    12/31/2020