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
Weekly Pay, Flexible Home Time, Paid Vacation, Health Benefits, Bonus Incentives
Lease Purchase Drivers earn six figure pay, No forced dispatch, Consistent home time, $0 money down and no credit check!
$5K SIGN-ON BONUS!, Opportunity to earn up to $85,000 annually!, Home weekly (or more!), Solo, dedicated route, Great benefits and local support, Guaranteed weekly pay
5K SIGN-ON BONUS!, Opportunity to earn up to $85,000 annually!, Home weekly (or more!), Solo, dedicated route, Great benefits and local support, Guaranteed weekly pay
$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
$2,000 Sign-On Bonus Available!, $1,450 Average Weekly Pay!, Consistent, Dependable Hometime , Same Rate of Pay for Empty and Loaded Miles, Top Earners Make Up To $86K Annually!, 100% Paid Medical Premium
$4,000 Sign-On Bonus for 1 Year Flatbed Experience! , $2,000 Sign-On Bonus for All Other Experience!, Paid Weekly, Consistent Miles Each Week, No flatbed experience? No problem! Flatbed training is available at orientation!
Guaranteed $1,350 a week, $0.54 CPM, Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance, 2017 and Newer Equipment, Midwest Lanes
Sign On Bonuses vary by job and range from $2,000-$5,000!, Life Insurance, Disability and 401k - Plus Company Match , Paid Vacation, Family Owned, Driver Focused , Heath, Dental, and Vision Insurance, In Cab Internet Access
Make Up to $.53 CPM, Average up to 3,000 miles per week on our flatbed fleet!, Minimal loading, Consistent lanes, Paid VIP Orientation
Averaging 2,500 - 3,000 miles per week., Company-matched 401(k), Medical, dental and vision health benefits, No flatbed experience required!
Top Pay, Orientation & Training Pay, Driver & Family Focused, Late Model, CSA Friendly Equipment, 401K & Full Health Coverage, Tarp/OD/Hazmat Additional Pay
$3,000 Sign on bonus for experienced OTR Drivers, Home most weekends, Rider program, Company-matched 401K retirement plan, Escalating paid time off & holidays, Guaranteed weekly minimum, Major medical, dental and vision health benefits
Paid Vacation, Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, Consistent take-home pay week to week
Sign on Bonus - $7,500 , Paid Vacation, Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, Consistent take-home pay week to week
$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 $1,000, Weekly Hometime, Weekly Paychecks, $10,000 TRANSITION BONUS!, Driver Ranking Program—Earn Even More for Your Safe Driving!

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.