Iowa Owner Operator Jobs

If you've heard about the huge growth in the trucking industry in recent years, it's likely that you want to get involved and benefit from this booming industry. You don't have to become a company driver to succeed as a truck driver. If you're ready for the demands of business ownership, consider buying your own tractor-trailer and becoming an owner-operator! Being an owner-operator permits you to secure your own clients, make your own schedule, and collect more of the money earned from loads.

Iowa manufacturers, shipping companies, and other businesses are in serious need of truck drivers and truck driving companies. This is reflected in the state's job outlook; between 2010 and 2020, O*Net predicts a 19% increase in trucking jobs. As other companies struggle to keep up with their loads and clients, you may be able to use your status as an owner-operator to offer personalized, prompt service.

Salaries for owner-operators can be very different than salaries for other truck drivers. Though O*Net reports an average annual salary of $40,000 per year, your income may be significantly higher or lower. It all depends on how many clients you land, how many hours you work, and what you do to establish your business.

Featured Iowa Trucking Jobs
$3000 Sign on bonus, INCREASED PAY PER MILE, No set limits on home time, driver determines when and where home time is taken, Christmas and Thanksgiving home time is guaranteed unless driver doesn't want, 2016 or newer Kenworth equipment, 401K with 6% match pretax
Company Paid Life Insurance, 2,500 - 3,000 average miles per week, Sign-and-drive Lease Purchase options
Weekly Pay, Flexible Home Time, Paid Vacation, Health Benefits, Bonus Incentives
Guaranteed home time: one day off for every week out, 99% no-touch, 80% drop-and-hook freight, NEW Pay Increase for ALL Company Drivers!
Earn up to $1200 Weekly - Solo, Earn up to $2800 Weekly - Team, Solo Drivers $.45 per mile, Team Drivers $.54 per mile (split evenly), Flexible Home Time, Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
Industry Leader for Driver Pay, Heartland Express will Get you Home on a Regular Basis, Orientation Pay, Short Haul Pay, We’re doubling our pay for Refresher Training
Industry Leading Pay, Frequent Home Time; daily, weekly or biweekly with most jobs, Affordable Benefit Options, Variety of Driving Jobs Available; local, regional and over-the-road
Industry Leading Pay, Company Matched 401K, Affordable Benefit Packages, Local, Regional and Over-the-road Driving Jobs Available
Guaranteed $1,125 a week, $.45 CPM, Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance, 2012 and Newer Equipment, Midwest Lanes
$5000 Orientation Completion Bonus!, Life Insurance, Disability and 401k - Plus Company Match , Paid Vacation, Family Owned, Driver Focused , Heath, Dental, and Vision Insurance, In Cab Internet Access
Competitive Wages, CPM based on experience, Average 6000 miles per week, Team Drivers
Sign-on Bonus, Top Pay, Orientation & Training Pay, Driver & Family Focused, Late Model, CSA Friendly Equipment, 401K & Full Health Coverage, Tarp/OD/Hazmat Additional Pay
Weekly Pay, 401K Plan, Drivers Average 2500-2750 miles per week
Weekend home time, Average earnings of $62,000 with top performers making $80,000 and up, Performance-based pay package, Late model Peterbilt trucks with driver’s name on the door, Over-the-road driving opportunities for experienced drivers and students, We can assist with CDL training choices, No previous driving experience required
Most Positions Home Every Night, Solo Truckloads, Dedicated Contracts, Team Opportunities, Locally-based Opportunities

You must go through several steps of training and meet quite a few requirements before you can officially begin working as an owner-operator. The Iowa Department of Revenue requires you to license your business before you begin operations. This can be a long process, as you must determine how much tax to withhold, what types of tax you must collect and save, and possibly register for a permit. If you operate your business without the appropriate paperwork, there may be fines involved.

Getting your commercial driver's license is an important part of your new career. Technically, you can work as an owner-operator with a Class B or Class A license. However, a Class A license may allow you to take on more loads and driver heavier trucks. The Iowa Department of Transportation does not require any particular type of training, but a six-to-eight week training program may give you the skills you need in this career path. You can learn how to do the appropriate paperwork, safely drive a truck, and navigate local and interstate roads.

When you are ready, you can go to the Motor Vehicle Division of the Department of Transportation and take your driving tests. You must take both a written exam and skills exam before getting your commercial driver's license.