Maryland Owner Operator Jobs

For many truck drivers, owning and operating their own truck is the ultimate goal. While this path may require extra work, time, and dedication, it can pay off when you enjoy more job flexibility and a potentially higher income. Working as an owner-operator in Maryland involves purchasing and maintaining your own tractor-trailer, getting your business licensed, and keeping your clients happy. Learn more about the job outlook and requirements for owner-operators to find out if this is the right path for your trucking career.

When you become an owner-operator, your career path may differ slightly from the path taken by company drivers. Instead of spending all of your time driving, you may have to spend a considerable amount of time balancing the books, landing clients, and creating schedules. As you become more efficient at running your business, you may be able to work fewer hours and work on a schedule that best suits you.

You may find clients in many different parts of Maryland. Companies that often hire owner-operators include technical manufacturers, retail stores, food manufacturers, and shipping companies. Trucking companies in this state are expected to have a 9% increase in job openings between 2010 and 2020 (O*Net, 2010).

Your salary may also differ quite a bit from year to year. While O*Net reports a median salary of $40,700 for Maryland truck drivers, your salary may depend on how many clients you have.

Featured Maryland Trucking Jobs
Tons of Regional Lanes and Super Regional Lanes, $1000 Paid Orientation (solo drivers), Safety & Fuel Bonuses, Paid Vacation, 401K & More!
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!
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
$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
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
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

To legally work as an owner-operator in Maryland, there are several steps you have to go through. First, you have to go through the steps of earning a commercial driver's license. Once you can safely drive a truck, you can ensure that your business is fully licensed and regulated.

You may wish to attend a Class A training course at a local trucking school or technical college. You can learn about driving laws, truck components, procedures, and safe driving procedures. In general, you can plan on graduating in about four to eight weeks. You must then go through the process of getting your commercial driver's license. This involves going to the Motor Vehicle Administration, taking a written test, taking a skills test, and filling out the appropriate paperwork for your license.

You must also get your business licensed by the state of Maryland. Central Business Licensing and Registration offers the paperwork and financial information necessary for business licensure. Once you decide on a business model, set up the appropriate tax and financial accounts, and have your license, you can officially become an owner-operator!