Kentucky Owner Operator Jobs

Owner-operators have a range of trucking opportunities in Kentucky. If you're interested in using your business skills to start a rewarding truck driving career, this may be the path for you. Owner-operators take on quite a range of responsibilities that company truck drivers don't have. You may need to balance your books, schedule loads and trips, and communicate with clients to ensure that they are happy. After going through the steps to become licensed as an owner-operator in Kentucky, you may find that this is a great business opportunity.

One of the best parts of being self-employed is that you can determine your own salary through hard work and perseverance. While you may start off at a lower salary than company drivers, you may be able to quickly earn an above-average salary if you can prove yourself to your clients. Some owner-operators find that the early years of business ownership require long hours and sacrifice to make a business sustainable. On average, truck drivers in Kentucky earn $36,400 per year (O*Net, 2013).

Though you won't be looking for a job with a truck driving company, the state's is promising. It may indicate truck driving needs that are not being met by trucking companies that are low on staff.

Featured Kentucky 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
$2000 Sign on Bonus, Vacation Pay and Cash Advances Available, Company pays Half of your Medical Insurance, Excellent Blue Cross Blue Shield Medical-Delta Dental and VSP Vision Insurances Packages
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
$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

If you do not yet have a truck driving license, that should be one of your first goals. Even as a self-employed driver, you must still have the proper licensing to navigate tractor-trailers on the open road. For owner-operators, a Class A license is recommended. This gives you fewer limitations in your business, possibly allowing you to sign a greater variety of clients and earn more money.

Depending on which type of program you attend, you may spend two to eight weeks in school. Your education may begin with a classroom portion that covers driving laws, trucking concepts, and other important subjects. Once you have demonstrated your abilities in this way, you can move onto the practical experience part of your training. This involves working one-on-one with a driving instructor.

Completing your program means that it's time to go to the Motor Vehicle Licensing Department of Kentucky. Once you have your CDL, you may wish to take a few business courses or prepare for the business part of your career in another way.

The Secretary of State oversees business licensing in Kentucky. Prior to being an owner-operator, you must get your business licensed and line up the appropriate insurance.