California Owner Operator Jobs

Truck driving can be a lucrative business, especially for those that own trucking businesses. If you want to learn how to drive a truck and use your knowledge to become a business owner, you may want to look into becoming an owner-operator. This involves purchasing your own truck, getting your trucking business licensed, and marketing your services and skills to potential clients.

Becoming an owner-operator requires a special set of skills on top of regular trucking skills. It's important to learn more about this career path so that you can prepare for the responsibilities that come along with it.

As an owner-operator, you don't need to look for a trucking job at local shipping companies or truck driving companies. Instead, you begin building your business. You may have to find your own clients and loads. You need to look for clients whose routes fit your schedule and where you are willing to drive. It's important to avoid being too picky; particularly in the beginning stages of your career, earning clients may involve working long hours or driving inconvenient routes.

Just like any other type of business, trucking has a wide range of salaries. In many cases, you may earn a more modest salary in the beginning of your career. The average salary for a tractor-trailer driver in California is $40,500 per year, according to O*Net. Your income may increase as your business becomes more and more successful.

Featured California Trucking Jobs
Weekly Pay, Flexible Home Time, Paid Vacation, Health Benefits, Bonus Incentives
$1,000 Sign-on Bonus Available!, Home every other day!, Dedicated run with consistent routes, Great comprehensive benefits
Up to $8,000 in tuition reimbursement, Recently doubled paid layover & detention pay, Great benefits including medical, dental, life insurance, & 401k, Guaranteed home time; one day off earned for every week out
Flexible home time options, Medical, dental, 401k and vision benefits, Paid holidays and vacation, $1,500 Sign-On Bonus!
Flexible home time options, Medical, dental, 401k and vision benefits, Paid holidays and vacation, $5,000 Sign-On Bonus!
Flexible home time options, Medical, dental, 401k and vision benefits, Weekly paychecks, $5,000 Sign-On Bonus!
Flexible home time options, Weekly paychecks, Referral bonus program , Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k, Life Insurance, Paid Holidays and Vacation Pay!
Averaging 2,500 - 3,000 miles per week., Company-matched 401(k), Medical, dental and vision health benefits, No flatbed experience required!
Avg. 2,400 Miles/Week, Competitive Stop Pay , $0.51 to $0.53 CPM based on experience, $5,000 Sign-On Bonus :$500 at first dispatch, $1,000 at 90 days, $1,000 at 6 mo, $2,500 at 12 mo.
Top Pay, Orientation & Training Pay, Driver & Family Focused, Late Model, CSA Friendly Equipment, 401K & Full Health Coverage, Tarp/OD/Hazmat Additional Pay
$3,000 OTR Transition Bonus, $100 Productivity Bonus—Limited time only!, CPM Increase for OTR Positions, Dedicated Routes, Regional and Local Positions
Average Weekly Earnings of $1,050, Home Every Other Weekend, Majority of Freight is Preloaded, Occasional Live Load, Weekly Paychecks, Driver Ranking Program - Earn Even More for Your Safe Driving!
Average Weekly Earnings of $1,200, Daily Hometime, Weekly Paychecks, Driver Ranking Program - Earn Even More for Your Safe Driving!
Average Weekly Earnings of $1,100, Local Position - DAILY Hometime, Weekend Work Required, Weekly Paychecks, Driver Ranking Program - Earn Even More for Your Safe Driving!
Average Weekly Earnings of $1,200, Home Weekly, 2,100 Average Weekly Miles, Stop, Short Haul and Unload Pay, Round-trip Loads with Flexible Return Times
Average Weekly Earnings of $1,200, Weekly Hometime, Unload Pay, 1,700 Average Weekly Miles, Lift Gate Trailers
Average Weekly Earnings of $1,200, Weekly Hometime, Stop and Unload Pay, 2,000 Average Weekly Miles, Day Shift
Average Weekly Earnings of $1,200, Weekend Hometime, Weekly Paychecks, Driver Ranking Program - Earn Even More for Your Safe Driving!

Though owner-operators need business skills, you still need to develop your truck driving skills at a trucking program. You may find a training program at a community college, technical college, or independent truck driving school. If possible, you may wish to find a program that includes business skills in addition to core truck driving skills.

As a trucking student, you may learn about California driving laws, how to safely store and unload cargo, and how to maintain proper documentation of loads delivered and miles driven. You can plan on earning your Class A license in about eight weeks at most schools. Once you've completed your training, you can get your commercial driver's license at the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

You must also take the proper steps to license your truck driving business. The Department of Consumer Affairs oversees all business licensing in California. Having a business license prepares you to keep your business funds separate and insure your business.