Alabama Owner Operator Jobs

With Alabama's proximity to several major commerce and shipping states, including Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee, the state has a fairly sizable trucking industry. If you are interested in driving a truck and owning your own business, you may wish to become an owner-operator. This career path permits you to own your own straight truck or tractor-trailer, decide on your own routes, and make all the major business decisions.

In Alabama, the average salary for a truck driver is $35,300 per year (O*Net, 2013). It's important to note that salaries earned by owner-operators can vary significantly. When you start out, you need to find possible dispatchers and clients to fill your schedule. Until you get a regular client load, your income may be lower than average. However, once you build a reputation and have a full work schedule, your income can significantly increase.

The job outlook in Alabama is promising, so you may have a range of clients and routes to choose from as an owner-operator. O*Net reports that the demand for truck drivers is expected to increase by 20% between 2010 and 2020.

You should remember that owner-operators do not receive the same benefits as company drivers. As a business owner, you may be responsible for purchasing your own health insurance, business insurance, and liability insurance. These factors should play a role in your business planning.

Featured Alabama Trucking Jobs
Weekly Pay, Flexible Home Time, Paid Vacation, Health Benefits, Bonus Incentives
Flexible home time, Paid vacation, New equipment (average tractor age less than two years)
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!
$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

The path to becoming an owner-operator has many of the same steps as becoming a company driver. Before you can successfully run a trucking company, you must be a licensed commercial driver. Earning a Class A driver's license may give you the most freedom to transport heavy loads.

The Alabama Department of Revenue oversees the licensing of all commercial truck drivers. You may wish to complete a training program before applying for your license, particularly if you plan on owning your own business. A training program can teach you about loading and unloading a truck, keeping a record of deliveries, operating within legal limits, and driving safely.

After you complete your training program, you can apply for your commercial driver's license. This process involves passing a written test and going through a thorough driving exam. After you get your license, you can begin the process of becoming an owner-operator.

Since you must operate your own business as an owner-operator, you must register your business with the Alabama Secretary of State. This includes choosing a business model and setting up dedicated accounts for your business. Once you have the business set up and your truck purchased, you may begin your career.